Brownsburg family promotes walk to help Down syndrome community

BROWNSBURG, Ind. -- It’s one of the most recognized public awareness events for the Down syndrome community, and this weekend Indiana does its part.  For one Brownsburg family, the Buddy Walk means a lot in their son’s development.

Hayden Denoon, 5, is a little silly.  He usually keeps his parents smiling.

“There’s been some challenges,” said Hayden’s mom, Shannon.  “For the most part it’s been really great and really eye opening.”

Hayden has Down syndrome.

“We were not expecting to have a child with Down syndrome.  He was a surprise birth diagnosis,” said Denoon.

Shannon’s husband, Ryan, said everything was made easier when they got in contact with Down Syndrome Indiana.

“At first we were looking for a lot of answers.  I know he wouldn’t be as far along as he is right now.”

Down Syndrome Indiana’s biggest fundraiser is the Buddy Walk and the Denoons are always there.

“It raises awareness in the community about Down syndrome, promotes inclusion,” said Shannon.

The Buddy Walk is Saturday, Oct. 8, at White River State Park.

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