SOUTH BEND -

There were smiles all around for today's 12th annual Michiana Down Syndrome Festival and Walk.

The event at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds included a band, face painting and balloon sculpting.

Family members can form teams and raise funds for the cause.

Scott and Carrie Bradfield, from St. Joseph, have three sons, including 9-year old Tyler, who has Down Syndrome.

They are big Chicago Bears fans so they named their team the The DaTylachers after Brian Urlacher.

"Finding people that have similarities to you, makes your life so much easier, explains Carrie. And it helps us tremendously with how he can grow. Things I didn't think of, therapies I haven't tried, different doctors that are really great with our kids. So that's been fantastic to really find that support group to help us."

More than 700 people signed up for the walk, which raises money to help families who have a child with Down

Syndrome to get the medical needs and support services they may need, but can't afford.

Cheryl Speheger, started the local walk after attending an similar event years ago in Indianapolis.

"We have people coming here from Cincinatti, Georgia, family members. said Speheger. "The event has grown so big over the years."

Following the walk organizers gave away door prizes and enjoyed performances by the Michiana Down Syndrome group line dancers.