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Buddy Walk to raise awareness, support for Down syndrome

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Sep 06 2013 04:09:27 PM MDT
Updated On: Sep 06 2013 10:30:40 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

On Saturday, hundreds of folks are expected to head to Gallatin County Regional Park to put on their walking shoes and support a great cause.

The annual Buddy Walk is the main fundraiser for local organization D.R.E.A.M.- which stands for Down syndrome Research, Education, Advocacy in Montana.

They provide financial grants to families and individuals with Down syndrome in need of medical, educational and therapeutic assistance.

Buddy Walk participants walk the one-mile loop around Regional Park, then celebrate with lunch and live music.

NBC Montana is a proud sponsor of the Buddy Walk, and our team will be out there on Saturday to help kick off the event.

Cost is $10 per walker, and comes with a T-shirt and lunch.

Most of the money raised stays in the community, with a small portion going to the National Down Syndrome Society.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Gallatin County Regional Park, also known as the Dinosaur Park. The walk begins at 11 a.m.

This year's walk is dedicated to a local family whose baby son with Down syndrome, Zach, passed away last year.