NORTH CANTON  Buddy Walk 2016 raised close to $10,000 through registration fees, raffles, silent auctions and corporate sponsors. The 10th annual walk was held on Sept. 24 at Price Park in North Canton. The event helps raise awareness of the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

Brett Kush has been co-chair of the event for the past seven years along with Randy Wharton and Lauren Buxmon. He said the local walk is part of a national initiative to help raise awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome.

Through the 300 walks held worldwide each year, the initiative raises $12 million every year. Kush said walkers include individuals with Down syndrome, teachers, families, teams of friends and family. People aged young kids to adults come out to support the effort.

"The walkers will take a lap or two around the park together and come back to enjoy all of the activities we have today," Kush said.

Walkers enjoyed a variety of activities during the walk including breakfast, face painting, a DJ, inflatable house, Buddy Walk t-shirts on sale for $10 and much more. Learn more about the national efforts at