The 4th Annual West Texas Down Syndrome Buddy Walk® will take place at Kirby Park this Saturday.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Walks across the country this Fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.

The National Buddy Walk® Program welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. The goals of the program are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice. Last year alone, Buddy Walk® events raised nearly $13 million to benefit national advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services. All funds raised through the National Buddy Walk® Program support both local and national programs.

The West Texas Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk® will feature music, food and activities for the kids. Participants will also enjoy a raffle and petting zoo . To learn more, visit www.buddywalk.org, or contact Kathy Jones at West Texas Down Syndrome Association.