Posted at: 09/20/2013 7:46 AM
Updated at: 09/20/2013 8:21 AM
By: Brittany Falkers
The 12th annual Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk in Duluth is coming up on Sunday, September 29. But one Northland family is doing a little extra fundraising ahead of the big walk.
Alycen Maciejeski and her fiance Josh Gerding say their 10-year-old son Joshua was blessed with an extra chromosome. Alycen says he's a healthy and very active kid. This year he's in the 4th grade at Bryant Elementary in Superior.
The family has been active in the Duluth Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk for the last six years. Every year they get as many people as they can together before the main event to donate to the cause they say is very close to their heart.
This year they're raising money with a Zumbathon. It's a chance to raise some extra money and support kids like Joshua. Alycen says it's also an opportunity to raise awareness. "They are people too. Smart people, very capable of learning, just like me and you," Alycen said.
Join them Sunday, September 22 from 2 until 4 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works. It's just $10 for the two hours of high energy exercise fun.
All of the money raised will be donated under Joshua's name to the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota at the walk, which is coming up at the end of the month.