The FRIENDS organization put on its 19th annual Buddy Walk at ETSU on Saturday morning to promote awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
Misty Adams, president of FRIENDS, said the event has grown from about 50 participants the first year to around 500 this year. Kayla McKeon, who works as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., served as the grand marshal for the event.
“She is the first registered lobbyist with Down syndrome,” Adams said. “She works diligently to get laws passed.”
Members of the ETSU women’s basketball team were on hand along with cheerleading teams from local schools and members of several civic organizations.