10th annual Ups For Downs Walk - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

10th Annual Ups For Downs Walk held

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Nearly 1,500 people came out early Saturday morning for the 10th Annual "Step Up For Downs" walk. The event was held at the McNeese State University Quad.

According to organizers, there are around 200 people in Southwest Louisiana living with down syndrome. They said it's not only important to raise awareness but to come together to show support and acceptance.

"It makes a huge difference when somebody has walked in the shoes that you have walked in. It puts you at the same understanding that they have and that you can talk about things. Because not everybody understands and if you are in that situation then you truly understand what it is," said Candace Karam, whose son has down syndrome.

"It's nice to come out here with all of these other families because you can talk with them and find out things to help each other out to get through this," said Edward Rodrigue, whose son has down syndrome.

The group also held a silent auction of paintings done by the children. All proceeds go to promote awareness and other events throughout the year.

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