MANATEE CO., Florida -- October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and a walk this weekend will help raise money for a Bay area organization that helps families and allows them to network with others for support.

AManatee Countyfamily shared their story with 10 News in hopes you'll support Cameron's Walk, part of theManasota BUDS Buddy Walk.

Randy Cody's family of seven want to empower the community and spread the word about an organization that has been a lifesaver to them. Cody's youngest child Cameron was born with Down Syndrome. Three-year-old Cameron also has a hole in his heart.

It's been a struggle to adjust, especially having five kids all under the age of 12 under one roof, but the Manasota BUDS helped give the family grants and assistance for special testing and schools. Nothing prepared the family for Down Syndrome. All the prenatal checkups and tests did not have any sign of anything out of the ordinary.

You can register for the walk or make a donation by clicking here.

Manasota BUDS is an all-volunteer organization. Proceeds raised at the Buddy Walk allows Manasota BUDS to continue to offer many programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Organized nationally by the National Down Syndrome Society and locally by Manasota BUDS, the Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk celebrating the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

Anyone can participate and to top it all off, the Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk takes place in the midst of the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival.

  • Check-in and get your Buddy Walk T-shirt 10/20 8:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Entertainment, face painting, raffle tickets, silent auction, and photo booth10/20/2012 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • BUDDY WALK10/20/2012 10:45 am - 11:30 am
  • Raffle and Silent Auction 10/20/2012 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

ALL walkers need to register, children and adults.
Individual Participant: $15.00
Individual with Down syndrome and Children age 3 and younger: FREE to participate

Click here for a link to the National Down Syndrome Society.

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