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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.