Buddy Walk focuses on education

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Hundreds turned out Saturday in Warren for a walk to bring awareness to Down syndrome.

The organization Putting Downs First held its seventh annual Buddy Walk at Perkins Park.

The event included food, a Chinese auction and informational booths providing resources for parents with children with Down syndrome.

Statistics show one out of every 651 children are born with the disease.

“Our purpose is advocacy and awareness,” said Putting Downs First Executive Director Cara Meadows. “To provide information for parents, information for parents to realize that there is still a lot of celebration and success in these children.”

Organizers said more than 1,500 people came out for the event.

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