21st annual Capital Region Buddy Walk being held in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Walking to help raise money and awareness for down syndrome took place Saturday at the annual Capital Region Buddy Walk and NEWS10 ABC’s Christina Arangio was there emceeing the event.

This is an event celebrating the achievements of people with Down syndrome and a reminder that together, we are all limitless.

“You know I just wish that people understood that every kid has a challenge,” said Dan Domkowski.

Dan and Nikki say that having a child with Down syndrome can be challenging, but there have been more joys than obstacles and they came to the walk today to celebrate their daughter’s endless potential.

“You know sometimes life is hard but if you work really hard and you’re a good person, good things will happen and you know she’s capable of just about anything,” said Nikki Domkowski.

Another new mother echoed this; she said events like the buddy walk remind her entire family that her daughter Bella is limitless

I hope she understands that she can do anything. That it’s not a setback and it doesn’t define her as anything different than her older sister who is going to be eight years old. We just want her to feel that she can succeed in anything,” said Meg Serowick.

Participants at the event enjoyed food, goodies, and speeches by Christina Arangio and Megan Bomgaars, one of the stars from the hit show “Born This Way.”

Down syndrome is not sad or depressed, it is about being happy and to look what you want to become,” said Megan Bombaars.

“They’re amazing; they shouldn’t be treated any differently. They’re just who they are,” Serowick said.

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