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11th Annual Panhandle Down Syndrome Guild Buddy Walk

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Amarillo, TX - Area residents showed support for those in the community with down syndrome Saturday morning.

The 11th Annual Panhandle Down Syndrome Guild Buddy Walk took place, being one out of 300 buddy walks across the country this year.

The event had a great turnout, placing it in the top 25-percent based on attendance.

The main focus was to celebrate and enjoy life.

"This in a large way is a big thank you back to the community for everything the community does for us. I've got a ten year old daughter who's thriving because people care enough to dedicate their life to helping other people," says Jeff Medford, Panhandle Down Syndrome Guild.

Those involved say it was a special time for everyone.

There was music, food and prizes.

Most of the proceeds from the buddy walk funds Amarillo's local support group, in order for there to be activities throughout the year.

And a small portion goes back to the national organization, which is one of the largest supporters of research for down syndrome in the country.