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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The 12th annual Buddy Walk was held at Eastwood Field on Sunday.

The event was hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley. This event has become the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

One of this year’s participants is Melinda Skaggs. She has a four-year-old son with Down syndrome and she found DSAV after a Google search.

Since then, she has attended a number of events and programs. She said it’s been great to find an organization that makes her feel like she isn’t alone.

“I have family support there with me but they didn’t understand. They didn’t know what made me angry and scared and Michele and the members of DSAV did,” Skaggs said.

All proceeds from the events go back into programs for Down Syndrome Association of the Valley.

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