Down Syndrome Society Annual Buddy Walk Is Sept. 28

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The stands of AT&T Field will be packed with friends, family and loved ones of those with Down syndrome in the greater Chattanooga area on Sept. 28 for the Annual Buddy Walk.  Hundreds of participants will put on their walking shoes and circle Power Alley for the Buddy Walk. 

Last year, more than 1,400 walkers attended.  On the day of the event, walkers will hear the story of Ashley DeRamus. The Birmingham, Ala. native is a nationally-known advocate for DS and started her own clothing line to show the world that individuals with Down syndrome can accomplish anything. Two local cheerleaders with DS will then lead the hundreds of walkers on the short route near AT&T Field. Families will return to the stadium for fun activities, prizes and food.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. and the walk begins at noon.  Walkers can register and find more information at

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