Families celebrate at the Down Syndrome Association’s annual walk


NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The Down Syndrome Association of the Valley held its 14th Annual Buddy Walk Celebration on Sunday.

This year’s event was held at Eastwood Field after last year’s event was converted into a drive-through event due to the pandemic.

There was music, lots of dancing, and families and friends enjoyed the fun. Dan Lamping and his daughter Sara-Fina joined their family for the celebrations.

“We’re here to celebrate the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley and everyone with Down Syndrome,” said Dan Lamping.

Her team was the number one fundraising team that year.

To continue the social distancing, the Buddy Walk was a tailgating event this year.

“They’re partying, they’ve brought their own food and drink, and they’re just having a really good time with their families celebrating their person with Down syndrome,” said event organizer Debbie Williams.

The event offers people with similar paths in life the chance to experience something special together. Williams said that people with Down syndrome may have more in common than differences.

“You have the same feelings. You have dreams. You have ambitions. You have goals, ”said Williams.

Fortunately for the Lamping family, they are not alone on their way.

“Without our family, friends and the support of our community we would not have made it,” said Lamping.

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