BLACKFOOT — The second annual Southeast Idaho Buddy Walk will be at Jensen Grove Sept. 17 and organizers are seeking teams to register for the event.
The Buddy Walk is an event to raise funds and awareness for those with Down syndrome.
"Our goal is to raise awareness for people with Down syndrome," said Liz Larsen, who is helping to organize the Buddy Walk. "It's one of the highest occurring genetic disabilities."
There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States and one in every 750 babies born each year are diagnosed with Down syndrome.
To date, 83 individuals have registered to participate in the walk. Online registration is available at www.seidahobuddywalk.com  until Sept. 14. Cost for adults is $15 and children under 12 are $10. Individuals with Down syndrome can participate free of charge.
On-site registration the morning of the event is $20 per person, starting at 9 a.m. Price includes an event t-shirt, a goody bag and refreshments. Walking begins at 10 a.m. at Jensen Grove Sept. 17.
More than 225 people—including 19 families of children with Down syndrome—participated in the walk last year. They raised more than $7,000 which was split between the local Southeast Idaho Down Syndrome Support Group and the National Down Syndrome Society.
The local support group assists families in the area who have children with Down syndrome by planning local family activities throughout the year and visiting with new parents of children with Down syndrome.
This year, a portion of the funds will also benefit Brooklyn's Playground. Brooklyn's Playground is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully-inclusive playground for the Pocatello-Chubbuck area, a place where children of all abilities can come together, interact and grow through "the gift of play."
The National Down Syndrome Society is the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. For more information contact Maria Nuemann at 232-2259.