Thousands Participate In Nashville Buddy Walk

Posted at 7:07 PM, Nov 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-04 20:07:03-04

Thousands of people pounded the pavement in Hermitage for the Nashville Buddy Walk.

The event was the largest in the state to raise awareness for Down syndrome.

Participants also enjoyed live music, food, activities, crafts, and games. Around 250 teams competed to be the top fundraisers.

Dawn Logan, a multiple heart surgery survivor, and Team Light Up the Darkness took the top fundraising award.

The top community team honors went to Aaron's for a $10,000 donation.

Reeves-Rogers Elementary School Mustangs took the school challenge top prize. They were set to receive $1,000 for their school's special education department, a trophy, a pizza party, and other prizes.

Adelaide Nicholson was honored as the Mollie Gavigan Award winner for her work starting the first K-8 inclusive education program in the Nashville Diocese at St. Ann School. The cheer squad there, including two students with Down syndrome, performed at Saturday's walk.

David DeSanctis, the first actor with Down syndrome to have a lead role in a major motion picture, was the guest speaker at the event.

All the money raised was set to go to the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.