The Down syndrome community of Long Island refusing to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month virtually sought a way to celebrate safely but in person. In lieu of the traditional Alexander’s Angels Long Island Buddy Walk®, this year’s event dubbed the “Buddy Ride” (Caravan), took place on Saturday, October 10, 2020, attracting over 300 people
Decorated cars and masked participants gathered at Overlook Beach parking lot in Babylon to start the Caravan. Alexander’s Angels, Inc. distributed masks to all participants and calendars to every car. They also distributed t-shirts from previous events that were much appreciated by the participants. After a very pleasant ride through the Robert Moses Causeway led by the Suffolk County First Precinct, ending in front of East Neck Insurance in West Babylon, many Star Wars characters, members of the insurance company, and a DJ greeted the “riders” with fun music to end a most enjoyable event.
The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate DS Awareness Month in October and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Alexander’s Angels have been the organizer of the Buddy Walk since its inception on Long Island in 2007.
To donate to the cause and for slideshows of the event visit https://www.alexandersangels.org/buddy-walk. Donations accepted until November 30th.