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2007 Buddy Walk: Walking for Down Syndrome

RICHLAND, Wash.--Taking steps to beat Down Syndrome was on the minds and shoe soles today of over 500 people. They gathered in Howard Amon Park in Richland for the 2007 Buddy Walk.

It's a one mile trek to benefit education and medical research for this genetic disorder.

"We just think its an excellent cause," says Richland resident, Sherri Montgomery. My husband's sister has Down Syndrome and this is the first annual and we hope that it becomes bigger and better every year. It's just so nice to see all these people out here. it's amazing."

Some of Chris Fowlers co-workers, whose son has Down Syndrome, came out to support their friend.

"We just wanted to show a big effort as McLoughlin (McLoughlin Middle School in Pasco) that we're all here to support children that have Down Syndrome," says Kennewick resident, Tim Haugen. Its one of those areas that we're trying to impact students and children in our community."

It's events like the Buddy Walk that now have a place in the heart of the Tri-Cities community.

"No, not surprised at all," says Chuck Johns, Spokane resident. It's a great community. People get in back of these things and support 'em. Not surprised at all by the turnout."

Initially, organizers expected to raise $10,000 dollars during today's walk. But a little more will certainly go a long way.

"Our goal was about $10,000 dollars. As of last night, before registration today, just from pre-registrations we were at $25,000 which is just mind boggling, shocking. we couldn't be happier," expresses Fowler.