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      Widener Volleyball Participates in Buddy Walk for Sixth Consecutive Year

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      Women’s Volleyball Participates in Buddy Walk

      Members of the Widener women’s volleyball team participate in the Buddy Walk as Team Avery’s Angels, named after Coach Donovan Anglin’s daughter.

      The Widener women's volleyball program stepped off the court to participate in the Buddy Walk for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Sunday, Oct. 2.

      The Buddy Walk, which began 15 years ago, is a joyous celebration of individuals with Down syndrome and their families. This was the sixth consecutive time the Widener women's volleyball program participated in the walk.

      The day featured a festive atmosphere that included games, athletic activities, moon bounces, arts and crafts, music and more. This year, more than 2,500 children, teens and adults joined the party to raise more than $185,000 to support the Trisomy 21 Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

      "Each year we participate in the Buddy Walk, and it is always an amazing experience," said senior Lauren Elliott. "We get to see the children smile, laugh and have so much fun throughout the day; we know that we are raising awareness for an important cause."

      "I have been participating in the Buddy Walk for four years now, and it just gets better each year," added senior Kristin DeCicco. "These kids bring such a big smile to my face, and it makes me happy that I can do the same for them."

      The Trisomy 21 Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has raised more than $2.5 million in the past decade. The funds raised through the event help educate families, educators, medical providers and community members about Trisomy 21 through annual conferences, supports groups and medical meetings. In addition, funds from the Buddy Walk have significantly advanced the research mission of the Trisomy 21 Program, providing seed funding for new studies that have garnered federal support.


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