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Third annual Buddy Walk strides through Columbus

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It's the most occurring chromosomal disorder; Down Syndrome affects one out of every 700 babies born.

Many Columbus families said that doesn't mean children with Down Syndrome can't live a normal, healthy life.

"Just realizing that yes, [Bennett] does have Down Syndrome but he's still a 3-year-old and a rambunctious little boy. It's nice to see not only the kids his age but the older kids. When I look around I get to see what to expect," explained, Brian Davis, Bennett's father.

Twenty children with Down Syndrome and their families gathered at Columbus State University for the 3rd annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk.

The national walk is used to raise money for families affected by the disorder.

We spoke with the Davis family who says they didn't find out their son had the disorder until he was born and it was through this organization they've been able to count their blessings.

"It's a shock. You feel alone. You feel like what did I do to deserve this? However, once all that fades you realize that you're so blessed. You don't realize what a blessing he is until he- they or any child touches your family and everyone else so much,"  recalled Natalie Davis, Bennett's mother. 

Organizers say they raised more than $7,000 and all the money stays in the Chattahoochee Valley.

If you'd like to get involved with The Chattahoochee Valley Down Syndrome Support Group, click the link to go to their Facebook page.

<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chattahoochee-Valley-Down-Syndrome-Support-Group/229444273780812?fref=ts>

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