People remember a friendly face at annual walk

Posted at 8:25 PM, Oct 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-01 22:04:35-04

Oct. 1st kicks off Down syndrome Awareness month.

For the 22nd year in a row,  the 'Downs but not Out' Organization hosted their walk that advocates for people with down syndrome and other special needs.

While everyone had a good time those that attended the walk say something was missing from this year's event.

"Bubba has always been the center of our lives, the center of attention. He has always been a part of this walk and this is the first year we have gone without him," Bubba's Brother, Gary Knight said.

Bubba Knight was a person with down syndrome, but that was the least of things he was known for in the Belton community.

 "Bubba Knight, everybody in Belton knows Bubba Knight," Family Friend, Gwen Tannor said.

Though Bubba passed away March 6th and is no longer here physically, his legacy lives on in the 'Downs but not out Walk'.

 A walk that inspires many to embrace the special gifts they were given.

 "He has given us a really good day to celebrate him and those that are like him," Knight said.

Those like him includes a face you may remember, Tannor Yearwood a 19-year-old with down syndrome and a Belton high school Varsity football team alumni.

"My teammates clapped for me and cheered for me and I liked it," Yearwood said.

Tannor's father, Scott Yearwood said he's glad that people like Bubba paved the way for change.

"I tell people I can't change who Tannor is, but I can change the world around him," Scott Yearwood added.

On Sunday, they did one step at a time.

"If Bubba was here today he'd say we did a good job and that we had sunshine in the morning," Knight said.

Bubba died at the age of 62.

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