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Buddy Walk set for Oct. 4 at Forsyth Park
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The 2014 Buddy Walk will be held Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. in Forsyth Park in historic downtown Savannah.

The ninth annual one-mile fundraiser benefits the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.

Nearly 4,000 people attended the walk last year and thousands are expected to attend the event this year. The Buddy Walk raises awareness and funds for local programs, including Camp Buddy, that benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families.

The Buddy Walk program encourages participants of all ages and abilities. Carriages, strollers, wheelchairs, little red wagons and pets are all welcome.

The goals are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice. The walk begins at 10 a.m. with a family fun festival being held immediately thereafter.

A wide range of activities including face painting, bouncy houses, other games, and music and refreshments will last until 2 p.m.

Online registration is available at until Oct 1 at midnight. Participants can sign up starting at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.

Registration is $12 per person or $40 for a family of four, which includes a T-shirt, lunch and admission to the festival.

For more information, contact Candy Bogardus at (912) 663-8573 or, or visit