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16th annual Down Syndrome of Louisville walk-run

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands took a step towards independence to advocate for down syndrome.

Saturday was the 16th annual Down Syndrome of Louisville 5k walk-run at Waterfront Park.

More than 3,000 volunteers participated to celebrate the achievements of people with Down Syndrome.

This year's theme for the walk-run was "Steps to Independence" and it celebrated the achievements of people with Down Syndrome becoming more independent.

Diane Merzweiler, Executive Director for Down Syndrome of Louisville, started as a volunteer years ago and now helps put together the event every year. Merzweiler has a 14-year-old grandson with Down Syndrome who motivates her support behind the organization.

Children and adults with Down Syndrome were featured during a "Spirit Sprint" who raced for medals.

Live entertainment was also provided at Saturday's event.

WDRB's Lindsay Allen and David Scott also showed up to participate.

Down Syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality that affects more than 400,000 people in the United States. Those with Down Syndrome have a variety of abilities.

People who are interested in helping DSL can go to www.downsyndromeoflouisville.org to sign up as volunteers and learn more about the organization.

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