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16th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic
Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lake Quannapowitt – Wakefield, MA

The MDSC 2012 Buddy Walk and Family Picnic was a tremendous success thanks to the many team captains, walkers, and donors who supported our efforts. Although the walk is completed and registration is closed, it's not too late to make a contribution to support the MDSC's critical programs and initiatives that serve individuals with Down syndrome and their families all year long. You can click on the general donation link or make a donation to a walker. Thank you for your support and please contact us at if you have any questions. We hope that you'll join us for our 2013 walk on October 13, 2013.


Lauren Potter

Actress from hit TV show GLEE

*Walkers ages 13 and up are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100*

Rain or Shine
11:00am – Registration Opens & Pre-Walk Festivities Begin
12:45pm – Opening Ceremonies
1:00pm – Walk Begins
2:00pm – Picnic & Post-Walk Festivities Begin

The MDSC Buddy Walk Program is the state’s largest public awareness platform to promote acceptance and inclusion of all children and adults with Down syndrome. People who participate and fundraise for these events support all MDSC programs and services that provide hope to new and expectant parents, training to medical professionals and students, tools to educators, opportunities for self-advocates, a strong voice on Capitol Hill, and resources on all topics related to Down syndrome for anyone who needs it.

We invite you to "Step In Style" at the 16th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Picnic, our signature event that welcomes over 3,000 to celebrate this community and raise vital awareness and funds to ensure all people with Down syndrome are given opportunities to lead meaningful lives.

Buddy Walk Co-Chairs Kerri and Jon Tabasky<br>
With their daughters

2012 Buddy Walk Co-Chairs Kerri and Jon Tabasky
With their daugthers Jordan, Maya, and Anna

Registration Information
• Adults - $25.00
• Children & Young Adults (22 and under) - $10.00

Registration includes walk festivities, event t-shirt, and a lunch ticket.
*Please note t-shirts are only guaranteed to people who pre-register. All others will be given out while supplies last.

How You Can Help
1. Form a Team of Family & Friends
2. Be an Individual Walker (or join an existing team)
3. Donate to a Team or Individual Walker
4. Sponsor the Event
5. Be a Virtual Walker (if you can’t attend)
6. Be a Buddy Walk All Star (people who raise $500 or more)

On the top-left column of this page, you can find more information about how to sign-up, fundraising, sponsorship opportunities, and other helpful tools to get you started.

For all questions, ideas, and suggestions, please email

We look forward to seeing you and your family and friends on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

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