Champlain Valley Buddy Walk October 13

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Thursday October 10, 2013

The 4th Annual Champlain Valley Buddy Walk® will take place at Burlington’s Battery Park on Sunday, October 13, starting at noon. More than 250 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. 

The Champlain Valley Buddy Walk will begin with a Welcome and Opening Remarks at noon followed by the Walk at 1 p.m. The route will go through the downtown business district and up Church Street before returning to the park by 2 p.m. Those who have a child with Down syndrome or who have known a person with Down syndrome or want to simply support their friends and neighbors are welcome to join the Buddy Walk. 

“What we hope participants will take away from this is that people with Down syndrome don’t have special needs, they have the same needs as everyone else,” says Champlain Valley Down Syndrome Group President Lisa DeNatale. “We all need a good education, to have access to good health care, to get a meaningful job, and to make life-long friends.”

For more information about registration, contact Tim McQuiston at (802) 355-4206. To learn more about the Buddy Walk, visit or go to the NDSS Web site at