Walk a mile for Down Syndrome awareness

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Oct. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.

Morgan Matula knows how difficult it can be to raise a child, plus more.

After all, her 3-year-old daughter Lauren was born with Down Syndrome, making life just that much more difficult for her.

But on Saturday, the Down Syndrome League of Victoria, of which Matula is the chair, will hold a mile walk in the name of Down Syndrome at its third annual Buddy Walk.

"You never expect anything to happen to you," Matula said about having a child born with Down Syndrome. "But you have to take the ball and run with it."

At least seven teams had signed up for the walk as of Thursday afternoon, but Matula would like to see more teams enter, more money raised and of course, a stronger sense of awareness and community in the Crossroads about the syndrome.

Matula started the first year the walk was held as just someone interested and a part of the Down Syndrome community.

But then, she took on a bigger role.

Last year, she was the walk's co-chair, and on Saturday, she's at the head of the line as chair.

The walk is the league's main fundraiser in which it sends money raised to the National Down Syndrome Society and focuses on building a strong, more educated Victoria, Matula said.

"There's a lot of people who don't understand Down Syndrome," Matula said.



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