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Join us for the 20th Annual DSACT Buddy Walk®/Caminata de Amigos®!

Since 1999, DSACT has gathered the Central Texas community for a full day of celebration, camaraderie, fun, and raising awareness about Down syndrome and acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome. Funds raised from the DSACT Buddy Walk contribute significantly to providing educational, social, and recreational programs locally. Please join us this year as we hit our 20-year milestone!

WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019

WHERE: Reunion Ranch; 850 CR 255; Georgetown, TX 78633

Join us at the DSACT Buddy Walk!
Registration is available on Sunday, October 20, at the event. Registration for adults (13+ years) is $30; registration for 12 years and younger is $5. Registration is also available at t-shirt pickup:

AGE of Central Texas
3710 Cedar Street; Austin, TX 78705
Friday, October 18; 10am-5pm
Saturday, October 19; 9am-1pm

We will be in the St. David's Conference Room. You may park on any of the side streets, just be mindful of 'No Parking' signs! Parking in the driveway circle is NOT permitted. On Saturday only, parking is available in the lot at the corner of 35th and Home Streets.

WHAT and WHY: The DSACT Buddy Walk is DSACT’s largest annual fundraiser and membership gathering, with 2,500-3,000 participants each year. We gather to celebrate the Down syndrome community with a day full of music, activities, and fun! The day ends with a short walk around Reunion Ranch grounds - check out our photos from last year and use the link below to register!

Questions? Get in touch with us at buddywalk@dsact.org or (512) 323-0808.

La registration para adultos es de $30 y para menores de 12 años es $5.  Este evento es la recaudación de fondos más grande que DSACT hace para seguir creando programas que benefician a nuestros hijos. Lo que van a pagar incluye camiseta, comida, acceso a todas la actividades que son muy divertidas, y una experiencia padrísima. La distancia de la caminata es menos de 1 milla, y puede llevar carreolas o esperar en un lado mientras el resto camina.


volunteer at the DSACT buddy walk

We need hundreds of volunteers for our Buddy Walk! Everything from unloading the van and setting up in the early morning to assisting with registration and activities throughout the day, to breaking down the event and loading the van back up - we need you!

We are especially in need of Spanish-speaking/bilingual volunteers. If you’re a bilingual volunteer, please use the button below, “Bilingual DSACT Buddy Walk Volunteer Registration” - thank you!



WHAT IS THE BUDDY WALK?

The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Since 1995, the Buddy Walk® has become the premier advocacy event for people with Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world's most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community.

In 1995, there were 17 walks. As of 2017, the Buddy Walk® has grown to more than 330,000 participants raising $14.2 million in more than 250 events around the world. All money raised by the Buddy Walk® benefits local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

DSACT held its first Buddy Walk in 1999. This event has been DSACT's largest fundraiser for years, allowing DSACT to offer its more than 850 member families and more than 400 medical and educational members the wide variety of high-quality programs and services for which DSACT is well-known. The Buddy Walk is really a full day of celebration of the Down syndrome community, including individuals with Down syndrome and the family, friends, and community members who support them and advocate with them. Over 2,000 community members joined us at the 2018 DSACT Buddy Walk - come join us for our 20th annual DSACT Buddy Walk in October 2019! Stay tuned for details.


2019 sponsors

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2019 TITLE SPONSOR: DIFFERENTLY ABLED @ FACEBOOK!

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2018 sponsors

Special thanks to our 2018 DSACT Buddy Walk Platinum Sponsor: Differently Abled @ Facebook!

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Congratulations to our 2018 contest winners

Ongoing and Final Contests:

$2,500+ Team: Liam’s Legions

Top Individual Fundraising Team: Felix’s Rangers with $8,550

Top Corporate Fundraising Team: Patrick’s Pack 2018 with $11,475

Largest Team: For the Love of Liberty with 52 team members

Most registrations between July 16 and August 16: For the Love of Liberty

Raise $150 between August 27 and September 3: Patrick’s Pack

Raise $1,500 between October 1 and October 15: Felix’s Rangers