Thank you to all who came out to support teams, family members, friends, and DSACT at the 19th annual DSACT buddy Walk!
The weather cooperated for Sunday and we had a great day to celebrate with 2,200 attendees! From brand new members to those who have been with their teams for 14 years, from teams in super-hero costumes to the Facebook face-painters making super-heroes, and from DSACT’s martial arts group to the marching band, it was a fabulous day all around and we appreciate all who made it so!
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.
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Special thanks to our 2018 DSACT Buddy Walk Platinum Sponsor: Differently Abled @ Facebook!
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