Updated: 09/30/2013 6:17 AM
Created: 09/29/2013 2:34 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson
A charity supporting people with Down syndrome raised $100,000 for its cause.
Who needs the Gophers or the Vikings when you've got Peter's People, Harmon's Homies, and the Bravehearts Buddies? Those are just three of dozens of teams who joined in the 16th annual Step Up for Down Syndrome walk. Each team represents a family member or friend with Down syndrome.
"Her dad, when I called him to say that the doctor said she had Down syndrome, he said, 'so?'" said mom Heidi Sturman. "That was the pivotal moment. It didn't matter. We had prayed for a baby with ten fingers and ten toes and we got that!"
Sturman says daughter, Megan, designed the T-shirt for her team "Megan's Mob." A Maya Angelou quote is printed on the back: "Love recognizes no barriers. it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it's destination full of hope."
Megan also lives with Developmental Apraxia and depends on an iPad to communicate.
"It can be very isolating," said Sturman.
But the 8,000 people at the walk prove the Sturmans are far from alone.
"If we could all have that kind of support - it would change the world," said Sturman.
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