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Hundreds of people walk to raise awareness about down syndrome


About 500 people came out to GiGi's Playhouse Walk Saturday morning. The walk promoted down syndrome awareness.

Many participants registered in teams and walked with someone special in mind.

Some families said it's important to them to show their loved ones with down syndrome that they care.

Natasha Freiberg's younger brother has down syndrome.

"It means a lot to him and me to just come out and run with him. It just kind of makes me feel really happy that I'm part of his family," 10-year-old Natasha Freiberg said.

Along with the walk, there were other activities for kids to check out including a petting zoo and blow up slide. Organizers said promoting awareness about down syndrome was the most important part of the event.

"People can, born with down syndrome, they're a little bit different than everybody else, but really this is to gain some education and awareness that, hey, they're normal, whatever you describe normal as, just like everybody else," Volunteer/Organizer Julie Waggoner said.

Waggoner said the walk raised about $15,000 for GiGi's Playhouse. Some of that money will go toward helping new parents of children with down syndrome.

KTIV's Matt Breen emceed the event.

The next event benefiting GiGi's Playhouse will be a poker run and auction held on Saturday, September 14th. The event will be held at Bob's Watering Hole in Sioux City. Registration will be from 9:00a.m. to 10:45a.m. and the event will begin promptly at 11:00a.m.For more information about this event, check out this website.

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