annual buddy walk of Luzerne County
Down Syndrome Network
in kirby park since 2005
The Luzerne County Down Syndrome Network came together in 2005 with the goal of organizing Luzerne County's first annual Buddy Walk. Through events such as the National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk, LCDSN’s mission is to advance acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome while raising funds for qualified local and national non-profit education, research and support programs. The LCDSN hopes to serve as an advocate for those individuals while promoting awareness throughout our communities. The network welcomes not only parents who have children with Down Syndrome, but also relatives, friends and any members of the community who want to be involved.
Because of the generosity of the community, the group is able to sponsor activities such as Swim lessons for people with Down Syndrome which are held at the YMCA, Dance lessons for children with Down Syndrome, Art and other programs such as summer camp tuition assistance and Music Therapy.
The Down Syndrome Network has also been able to provide information to those touched by Down Syndrome by contributing books and resource materials to the Arc of Luzerne County’s library and with information packets available to new parents.
Swim lessons (1:1 ratio) for people with Down Syndrome are held at the Wilkes Barre YMCA. Please contact Tammy Lalli, Aquatics Director @ 829-2191 ext. 151.