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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: $400,000

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. 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

We are proud to announce that our theme for 2018 is Extraordinary Stories.

As a community and as individuals, we are natural storytellers. This is, in part, because people with Down syndrome across the world are accomplishing incredible feats - climbing the world’s tallest mountains, performing on the world’s biggest stages, and starting their own remarkably successful businesses in a range of fields from retail to public speaking.

On a local level, too, our loved ones with Down syndrome have equally remarkable stories to share about how they are learning in classrooms alongside their peers, participating in extracurricular activites with their friends, working in their local businesses, advocating for themselves with their lawmakers, and generally, pursuing life to its fullest.

That’s why we chose as our theme for 2018, Extraordinary Stories. Our loved ones with Down syndrome, each of whom has an extra copy of chromosome 21, not only have stories to tell, they have Extraordinary Stories.

Our stories resonate deeply, in part, because outside our community, the public often has little knowledge about what people with Down syndrome are capable of. Our families, friends, neighbors, school teachers, co-workers, doctors, etc. often don’t know who we are, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

In 2018, we are thrilled to work with our members to explore our individual and collective Extraordinary Stories. This year, we will spread the word about our accomplishments, change the countless misperceptions, educate others about our challenges, and ultimately, help the world understand the uniqueness of each and every individual with Down syndrome.

Our stories are truly extraordinary, and we can’t wait to share your Extraordinary Stories with the world.

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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