EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — In honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso (DSCEP), partnered with EPCC as they held the annual Buddy Walk at the EPCC Valle Verde Campus Saturday, Oct. 15. 

The walk raised funds for the DSCEP, EPCC Buddy Walk Scholarship for students with disabilities and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). About 800 participants took part in the fun walk and activities. Joining the walk were a few guest celebrities such as Evan Vourazeris, star of the hit Netflix series Ozark, Mrs. Texas Earth, Vanessa Tena, and Chico from the El Paso Chihuahuas. Celebrities met with fans and awarded medals to the children. The DSCEP El Paso Buddy Walk is one of 250 walks nationally.

Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs once in every 700 births in the United States. NDSS is the national advocate for the acceptance and the inclusion of people with Down syndrome as valued members of the community.

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