SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – October is Down Syndrome Awareness month and people are gathering in Schenectady to hold a Buddy Walk in honor on the cause.
NEWS10 ABC's own Christina Arangio will be at the 17th Annual Capital Region Buddy Walk in Central Park on Sunday, a cause that is very close to Christina. She is walking on behalf of her 4-year-old son Luke, and has created Team Luke, a personal fundraising site that has surpassed their goal of $750.
Sunday's one mile walk will raise money for the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center in Albany.
Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the park at noon Sunday for the opening ceremony. The walk will then follow.
According to the Center for Disability Services in NY, 1 in 691 babies is born with an extra 21st chromosome which alters development and causes the characteristics associated with Down Syndrome. More than 2,000,000 people have participated in the Buddy Walk across the world since 1995.
Walkers can register for $15; minors can register for $5 and children 2 and under are free.