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'Buddy Walk' benefits families who have kids with Down Syndrome

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Sep 08 2012 09:42:45 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Folks gathered at the Dinosaur Park in Bozeman, Saturday, for the 3rd annual Buddy Walk.

The walk raises money for D.R.E.A.M., an organization that supports families of children with Down Syndrome.

For ten dollars, participants walked the one-mile loop around Gallatin's regional park before enjoying food and music at the dinosaur playground and took home a tee shirt.

The money collected will go towards financial grants to families in need of medical, educational and therapeutic assistance.

Organizers of the walk say they hope participants get a lot out of it, too.

"Share in the sense of community and really celebrate the individuals with Down Syndrome but also realize they have so much to offer to our community, as well. They enrich the lives of so many people and they contribute in so many great ways and we've all been so blessed to have them into our lives and we want to share that with the community," says Buddy Walk Co-Founder Betsy Asserson.

The three Buddy Walk founders all have a child with Down Syndrome.

They say their goal is to raise $15,000.

Before the walk began Saturday morning, they had already raised $11,000 in online registration fees.