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Buddy Walk Raises Funds and Awareness
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Buddy Walk Raises Funds and Awareness

Bishop Ireton cheerleaders greet two-year-old Oliver Humes from Alexandria during the walk.

Bishop Ireton cheerleaders greet two-year-old Oliver Humes from Alexandria during the walk. Photo by Tom Manning/The Connection

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Burt Hudson and his son Jack, 3, from Arlington, took part in the Buddy Walk for the third time.

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Ava Pristas, 3, from Leesburg, and Connor Lintott, 3, from Centreville, were excited to meet Marshall from Paw Patrol and Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

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Bradley Kuss, 3, from Alexandria, leads the way for his team, Bradley’s Brigade.

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Team Fiona’s Village takes time out from the walk for a group photo. The team is named for Fiona Rosaire Terebesi (in stroller), 1, from Alexandria.

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Simon Caulfield, 3, from Aldie, stands in front of Star Wars characters after receiving his medal for walking with his team, Simon’s Sidekicks.

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Theos Pepe-Mackey, 9, from Arlington and his mom Eftyhia Pepe, enjoy the live music by The Real Geniuses.

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The Mt. Vernon Adult Social Club participated in the Buddy Walk as part of their monthly events. The club is maintained through Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Services and is led by coordinator Donna James (back center in green tinted sunglasses).

The Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia held its 13th annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, Oct. 1, around Mason Pond at George Mason University to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and raise funds to help people with Down syndrome.