Walk raises awareness of Down syndrome

People were walking for a reason Saturday.

The Down Syndrome Awareness Walk was held in Onalaska.

The walk is known to be a celebration for families with children diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Besides a walk, families enjoyed face painting, games and raffles.

One family says the walk is a way to show the strength of the Down syndrome community.

“Our sole goal is to make sure that our kids are included, they’re accepted, that they all have something to bring to our community. There is untapped potential in each and every one of these individuals, my job is to find out what potential is in him and this whole group of families helps us do that,” Libby Teegan, mother of a child with Down Syndrome said.

The event is sponsored by the La Crosse chapter of the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin.