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Since 1995, the Buddy Walk® has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. What started with just 17 events in the mid 90’s has grown to include over 333,000 participants world wide at 250 events raising over 14.2 million dollars in 2017!


Join us!

Join TBODS on Saturday, October 19th from 10:30-2:30 for The Buddy Walk! This is our primary fundraising event each year. We host the one-mile walk that promotes understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome. The day includes lunch and a T-shirt to all those who register. We accept monetary donations, pledges, sponsorships, and raffle items for this event. All people who have Down syndrome receive a medal when finishing their walk. The day also includes other fun things to do such as jump houses, dance competitions, music, washable tattoos, current information on Down syndrome, local mascots, and a huge raffle. Community groups such as the University of the Pacific’s Baseball Team, Port City Roller Girls, local Girl Scout troops, Host Lyons Club, Family Resource Network and the United Way have all volunteered and helped out on this special day. Annually, we give 7% of our income from this event back to the National Down Syndrome Society for their research and advocacy efforts.



Join hundreds of families this year as we celebrate, advocate, and walk for Down Syndrome!