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Gigi's Playhouse to hold virtual walk to bring acceptance to Down Syndrome

Posted at 1:29 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 01:29:35-04

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa Bay area non-profit needs your help to raise money and awareness for those with Down Syndrome.

Gigi's Playhouse of Tampa serves nearly 3,400 people with Down Syndrome in the Tampa Bay region.

"We're out stepping and showing the community that we accept any individual with any developmental disability," says Christopher Steele, Gigi's Playhouse President.

The non-profit is designed with program- and specifically-trained volunteers to help those with developmental disabilities.

Because of COVID-19, it is launching a virtual fundraiser called the Step to Accept challenge.

The Tampa location, along with nearly 60 others across the country, hope to take 50 million steps for global acceptance.

Anyone can take part by walking or running in their neighborhood.

"It gives people a chance to see individuals with Down Syndrome doing typical activities that normal children do. It allows them the opportunity and it gives them a chance to say 'Hey, these are pretty cool people and I want to be like them," says Steele.

The fundraiser will be on June 6. The cost is $21 for adults and $10 for kids. Everyone will receive a t-shirt. The event will be streamed live followed by an after-party.

Click here for more details on GiGi's Playhouse and their fundraiser.