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West Tennesseans Walk for Down Syndrome

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Dozens of residents came together for Buddy Walk, honoring those with Down Syndrome.

October is marked by national programs, and is also Down Syndrome Awareness month. Buddy Walk is an annual event that promotes awareness for the abilities and achievements of people with Down Syndrome.

Officials said people with Down Syndrome are now living longer than ever before. The life expectancy has increased from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.

The group honored those who have been lost over the years by walking with families around the field. Parents said the event was a great way to meet similar families in West Tennessee.

"As a parent, a lot of times, when you are in this situation, sometimes you feel like you're in it by yourself," said Dexter Williams. "To come out and mingle with families with kids like ours, it's very special. It makes you feel great as a parent."