Virginia Beach, VA – October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and on Saturday, a local nonprofit raises awareness and support for the local Down Syndrome community.
The annual Step Up for Down Syndrome is the biggest fundraiser of the year Down Syndrome Association of Hampton RoadsAccording to the organization’s president, Tammy Nobles.
Large crowds gathered at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach long before the official event began at 10 a.m. Considering the number of donations this year — approaching $40,000 — Nobles was not surprised by the turnout.
“This year we collected more than we have in the past, so hopefully we can continue to have patrons and people to go out and walk with our kids and have fun,” said Nobles, a mother of an eight-year-old with Down syndrome.
The 1.3-mile walk is at a leisurely pace, with signs dotted around the track telling the story of local children with Down syndrome.
During this year’s rally, Nobles says, it brought in more sellers.
On the other hand, Norfolk TR Dance Studio It has been part of the program for more than a decade, showcasing the Mixed Abilities in Motion dance program that gives people with disabilities a chance to learn to dance.
“It brings them self-esteem, it brings them a sense of importance. Families talk about how they practice their dances at home,” studio founder Todd Rosenlib told News 3.
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