The Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), in partnership with El Paso Community College (EPCC), will hold the seventh annual Buddy Walk at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1 st at the EPCC Valle Verde Campus Americana Language Village (919 Hunter.)
The walk raises funds for the DSCEP, EPCC scholarships for students with disabilities and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).
The three-quarter of a mile walk circles the beautiful Valle Verde campus. After the walk there will be refreshments for sale, prizes and entertainment, including local jazz greats, Billy Townes and Ruben Gutierrez. There will also be a visit by Chico, mascot for the El Paso Chihuahuas.
Local businesses and non-profit organizations will offer information to attendees.
Preregistration is available online; the price for the walk is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the walk. All paid participants receive a Buddy Walk t-shirt. Registration the day of the event begins at 9:00 a.m.
The DSCEP Buddy Walk is one of 275 walks nationally.
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs once in every 691 births in the United States. NDSS is the national advocate for the acceptance and the inclusion of people with Down syndrome as valued members of the community.