Your Health: Buddy Walk For Down Syndrome This Saturday


Story Updated: Aug 7, 2014

A little-known north country organization does a lot for the families of people with Down Syndrome.

The group, the Trisomy 21 Foundation, is holding its annual "buddy walk" for families of children with Down Syndrome this Saturday, at Thompson Park in Watertown.

Registration is at 10 a.m.; the walk starts at 11.

Down Syndrome is genetic disorder caused by an abnormality with the 21st chromosome - hence, the name of the group, Trisomy 21.

The northern New York chapter of the group works behind the scenes to provide parents of Down Syndrome children with information and support.

"We have a new parent packet - that we supply to all the hospitals - when a child with Down Syndrome is born. We have resources at Flower Memorial Library just specifically for Down Syndrome," said Patti Scordo, from the Trisomy 21 Foundation of NNY.

Parents like Andrew Jones (seen in our picture) are grateful. Andrew's son, Airen, has Down Syndrome.

"It's (Trisomy 21) been just a life saver," said Jones. "

"These guys have been there for us for anything, any question we've had, night or day, we've been able to call on them, and they've answered everything we've thrown at them."

This Saturday's buddy walk is described by organizers as a chance for families to celebrate their children and spread a message of acceptance.

There is no registration fee, and activities, including games and face painting, will be available for the children.

Want to learn more? Click on the picture to watch this week's Your Health report with Cindy Habeeb.


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