For the past five years, Long Islanders have banded together to walk in support of Down Syndrome research.
On Oct. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., gather at Field 6A of to join in the effort. In addition to raising funds to aid in research, the National Down Syndrome Society also established this walk "to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome," according to the Alexander Angel's, Inc. fifth Anniversary Long Island Buddy Walk website. Therefore, walking also helps to show how the community works together for the inclusion of all.
Alexander's Angels is an organization that was established in 2007 by the family and friends of Alexander Gomez-Nieto, a child who was born with Down Syndrome in 2001, states an article entitled "Long Island Buddy Walk - Alexander's Angels - Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation."
While you're at the Buddy Walk, drop by the Gifts From The Heart For Downs table with a pair of sneakers (old or new!) or some dimes to donate. Kimberley Adams started this organization to collect sneakers to raise funds for individuals with Down Syndrome, and her daughter, who has Down Syndrome, has participated in the effort by collecting 7403 dimes.
If you're unable to physically attend the walk, consider showing your support for Alexander's Angels Buddy Walk by donating to one of the teams listed on the Alexander's Angels team page.