PHOTOS: Hundreds Participate in ‘Buddy Walk’

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CLEVELAND — It’s a great name, “The Up Side of Downs,” an organization dedicated to helping those with Down syndrome and their families.

On Saturday, the organization held its “Buddy Walk” where over 3,000 people participated.

The walk raises money, but also gives families a chance to support one another.

“They are different. They love to make friends; they love to do crafts; they love to participate in sports. They love to just be out and about and just enjoying life like all the rest of us,” said Leslie Burke, “Up Side of Downs” coordinator.

“The trials of a child are the same as a child with any child. It was actually, to be honest, a little bit easier. It was almost like she knew I was scared. She was an amazing,
amazing — I would have to wake her up to feed her at night,” said Neda Solhdoost, who’s daughter Sophia has Down syndrome.

Every year, the Buddy Walk gets bigger. Last year, it raised over $200,000 to support programs and services for people with Down syndrome.

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