‘Step Up for Down Syndrome’ Walk raises awareness for community

'Step Up for Down Syndrome' Walk raises awareness for community
Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 9:08 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2022 at 11:27 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) -- An event bringing the Down Syndrome community together made its return to Duluth Sunday after six years.

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota held its Step Up for Down Syndrome Awareness Walk at Chambers Grove Park in Duluth.

The last time the walk was held in the city was in 2016, due to organization logistics and then the COVID-19 pandemic.

The walk is a community-building and fundraising event.

Director Sarah Curfman said the walk celebrates the Down Syndrome community, raises awareness about issues facing the community, and raises funds for the organization.

“People meet to talk about what successes and challenges they’ve had through life. It’s just awesome, and it only really gets to happen when we have events like this of this size where you can gather that all ages community together,” Curfman said.

The fundraising goal for the event was $25,000.

Curfman said they were already up to $15,000 by the beginning of the walk.