Capital Region ‘Buddy Walk’ shifts to car parade, virtual celebration

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Saturday is the 24th-annual Capital Region Buddy Walk—a time celebrate the abilities and achievements of people with Down syndrome and promote inclusion. However, due to the pandemic, it won’t be like the others but there are still ways to get involved.

Usually, hundreds come out for the walk in support of those with Down syndrome, but this year, even though it’s celebrated differently, the mission is still the same. You can make a difference by attending the car parade or even from states away, with their virtual donations, which will help support the Center for Disability Services.

They provide variety of programs. From overall information and support groups to education advocacy, CEO and President, Gregg Sorrentino says 100 percent of the funds collected from the Buddy Walk go directly to them.

“The way they learn is a little bit different than the next. For us to have the funds and resources available to adapt and provide, some need more, some might be less, but to have the resources available and to be able to match their learning, whatever that is, I think is very important,” Sorrentino said.

The car parade will held at the Center for Disability Services starting at 11 a.m.

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