Celebrate Down syndrome Awareness Month – Step Up for Down Syndrome on October 28th!

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McAllen, TX -The Rio Grande Valley Down Syndrome Association (RGVDSA) invites our communities to join us for the Fifth Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk in the upper Valley. Community members including H.E.B., the Almaraz Law Firm, Driscoll Health Plan, and Gold’s Gym McAllen have stepped up this year as lead sponsors to bring awareness to the Valley.

The Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk will take place on Saturday, October 28th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McAllen Sports Park. Step UP activities will include fun, food and entertainment -including bounce houses, face painters, music, arts and crafts, Zumba, games and info booths. Registration is$10 for adults and $7 for children. Individuals with Down syndrome are our special guests – there is no charge.

In celebration of our 5 year milestone, RGVDSA is thrilled to welcome self-advocate, fashion designer and entrepreneur Megan Bomgaars from A&E’s Emmy award-winning hit show Born This Way as our special guest and Grand Marshal of our 5th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Awareness Walk. The Step.UP Walk is RGVDSA’s largest awareness event. We encourage everyone to come together and step up in support of all of our community members with Down syndrome.

Individuals are invited to form teams and encourage family, friends and co-workers to join them in raising awareness and attending the event. For more information, please contact RGVDSA at 956-314- 0821 or info@rgvdsa.org. Participants can register at stepup.rgvdsa.org. 1 in 691 babies is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most commonly occurring genetic anomaly. Approximately 1200 individuals with Down syndrome live in Hidalgo County.

With medical advances, appropriate education, and social acceptance, people with Down syndrome are capable of excelling in school, successful employment, independent living, and most importantly, being contributing members of society. The Rio Grande Valley Down Syndrome Association’s mission is to build relationships, advocacy and support for individuals with Down syndrome and their families in the Rio Grande Valley.

Established in 2013, this all-volunteer organization serves over 250 families in the area and focuses on bettering the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families through new and expectant parent programs, social events, advocacy and professional education for educators, medical professionals and parents.