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Families celebrate kids with differences at Action City

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Differing abilities didn’t stop dozens of kids from having plenty of fun at Action City on Sunday.

“It’s just a fun day for us to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and say thank you,” said Heather Pieper, a board member of Down Syndrome Association – Chippewa Valley.

World Down Syndrome Day is March 21, but on Sunday, those involved in the Chippewa Valley chapter of the Down Syndrome Association celebrated together at Action City in Eau Claire. Pieper told News 18 the fun was all about the families involved with the association.

“All the help they do for us, for our community, for our loved ones with disabilities, with down syndrome,” said Pieper. “It’s just a fun-filled day, it’s a way for us to give back, and just celebrating the day with everyone.”

Pieper also said representation of Down Syndrome is important, and the kids the association helps are just like any other kid.

“Show the community we have a lot of families with Down Syndrome in our area,” said Pieper. “We like to jump at the trampoline park, we like to go play at the water park, we got go-carts going, kids are able to enjoy a ride on them, which a lot of families don’t know that kids with disabilities can do that, so it’s a fun day for everyone.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Chippewa Valley Down Syndrome Association, or you’d like to get involved, click here.

Samantha Wensel

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