BUDDY WALK HISTORY
The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society. It's purpose is to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October, and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS, and organized at local levels by parent support groups, schools, individuals and various organizatons.
The Buddy Walk Fundraiser brings together all kinds of people and it's a great family day for all. In addition to the ceremonial one-mile walk, attendees enjoy games, activities, raffle prizes, delicious food and music. Typically, at the one-day event over 1,800 walkers attend and raise over $52,000 to promote acceptance, advocacy, educational and support program for people with Down syndrome. The majority of the funds raised at the event come from pledges by individuals and teams.