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21st Annual Buddy Walk & Family Festival
Promoting Acceptance & Inclusion

Sunday, October 8, 2017
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 - $25.00
• Children & Young Adults (22 and under) - $10.00

Pre-registration includes all walk festivities and your event t-shirt.

On-site registration fees are $30 for Adults and $15 for children and young adults (22 and under). 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

About Our Theme

Looking for a team mate to play with at school? “Count Me In!”
Looking for a friend who will not judge you?“Count Me In!”
Looking for someone who will stand up for what’s right? “Count Me In!”
Interviewing candidates for a job opportunity? “Count Me In!”
Changing the world with a can-do attitude? “Count Me In!”

For 2017, the theme for the MDSC and our Down syndrome community in Massachusetts is - you guessed it - COUNT ME IN!

All people with Down syndrome and their families want to be COUNTED and deserve to be INCLUDED. So COUNT US IN!

We are positive. We are diverse. We are accepting.

Together, we’ll help the world understand the math that really COUNTS - the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome that defines Down syndrome adds up to a better world for everyone.

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