WPR News
7:09 am
Tue July 10, 2007

Down Syndrome Charity Draws On Businesses

Laramie, WY – People with Down syndrome are often isolated in Wyoming, but there are ways to draw them into the community. And that's the goal of a charity event in Laramie called the Buddy Walk. Terry Cooper is a director of Ark Regional Services, which helps support people with developmental disabilities. She says Wyoming families with a child with Down Syndrome often have a "make-it-on-our-own" attitude. "But man, when they can get together, and we bring in experts from around the state, and they get to talk to one another, they are just loving this," she said.

Money from the fundraiser helps to pay for a conference for people with Down syndrome and their families. The Buddy Walk organizers announced a $10,000 grant today from Encana, First Interstate Bank and Trihydro Corporation.