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20th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Festival
Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Lake Quannapowitt – Wakefield, MA


The Buddy Walk & Family Festival is MDSC’s signature walk during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Over 4,000 individuals with Down syndrome, families, and friends gather at the quaint Wakefield Town Common to promote acceptance and inclusion and to celebrate the Down syndrome community. Celebrities, news anchors, and local heroes help leverage awareness efforts by promoting the Buddy Walk and making live appearances!

Fundraising Goal: $500,000

We ask that all walkers, ages 13 and up, strive to reach the $200 fundraising goal by October 31st.

Your fundraising efforts are critical to our mission and directly impact programs and services that provide hope to new and expectant parents, training to medical professionals and students, best practices to educators, opportunities for teens and adults, and a strong voice on Capitol Hill.


• Adults - $20.00
• Children & Young Adults (22 and under) - $10.00

Registration includes all walk festivities and your event t-shirt. T-shirts are only guaranteed to people who pre-register. All others are given out while supplies last.

Lunch can be purchased ahead of time for an additional cost. Alternatively, other food options will be available for purchase on-site at local food trucks. Additional snacks, such as chips, fruit, and granola bars will be given out free of charge while supplies last.

Schedule of Events (Rain or Shine)

12:00pm – Registration & Pre-Walk Festivities
1:30pm – Walk Begins (optional 1.5 or 3 mile walk around Lake)

About Our Theme

This year's theme “Believe, relates to virtually everything we do. We BELIEVE that people with Down syndrome should be allowed to pursue meaningful lives in their communities. We BELIEVE that all aspects of society should accept and include individuals with Down syndrome fully. We BELIEVE that new and expectant parents should have access to the latest, most accurate information about having and raising a child with Down syndrome. We BELIEVE that people with Down syndrome should not be defined by their disabilities, but rather should be celebrated for their abilities.

Other Helpful Information

On the top-left column of this webpage, you can find more information about being a team captain, the Buddy Walk All Star Program, sponsorship opportunities, and other tools to get you started.

For all questions, ideas, and suggestions, please email

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Special Thanks to:
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