Families of children with Down Syndrome gathered at the VA Park in Clarksburg on Sunday to continue their lifelong fight against the condition.
Rain couldn't stop those families from coming to the park and enjoy themselves during the National Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk to fight a condition that takes them by surprise.
"It was something that caught us totally off guard, and we were lost. We had nobody to contact," said John Williams, who has a 14-year-old daughter with the condition.
With help from the local chapter of the National Down Syndrome Society, parents like John Williams have more to rely on. The group hopes to help families deal with the challenges Down Syndrome presents and share that with the world.
"The idea is for an opportunity for the different children to be able to get together and spend time with each other, for the families to get together, and spend time with each other as well, while we educate and generate money for Down Syndrome," said event volunteer and emcee Steve Richardson.
Having the organization on hand provides more immediate help for the families as they raise their children.
"The families utilize each other as a support system, so for the families to be able to swap stories and resources that they have, locally and statewide, is very beneficial for the children as well as their families," Richardson said.
Williams said he's felt that support firsthand. He's glad to help the group that had helped his family so much over the years.
"To have an organization such as this where we can get together and talk about some of the hurdles that we've encountered as a families due to medical issues and the education system. We can bounce ideas off of each other, and it's another support," Williams said.
The event wrapped up with fire truck rides. Check out the link above for more information on the society.