Buddy Walk®

presented by Down Syndrome Indiana


Families, friends and supporters of Down Syndrome Indiana will, once again, gather to celebrate in Celebration Plaza of White River State Park in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.This family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 10, 2015 and be prepared to have a great experience!

In Indianapolis, the Buddy Walk® is a no-fee, non-competitive event for families, though Down Syndrome Indiana does encourage friendly competition in fundraising. For more information about hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Buddy Walk®, please contact the Down Syndrome Indiana office at 317-925-7617. You can also use a donation form to track offline donations made to your team!

As the largest  annual event for Down Syndrome Indiana, the Buddy Walk® would not be a successful event without the time and talents of many volunteers. If you, or someone you know would like to volunteer at the Buddy Walk®, please contact Alyssa Ludlow, DSI Volunteer Coordinator - Down Syndrome Indiana would be honored to work with you!

Need some Fundraising Ideas?
Check out this list of 21 team fundraising strategies that you can personalize to your family!
You can also view this short instrucutional video for sharing inforamtion and recording offline donations. 



Why Walk?

Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) as an event to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This event is officially licensed by the National Down Syndrome Society to support groups and organizations across the country to positively influence on a local level the awareness of the Down syndrome community. Walks usually occur in October in observance of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is currently the largest fundraising event for Down Syndrome Indiana, with this year’s goal set at $230,000 for corporate and team sponsorships.
The Buddy Walk® has three primary goals:
  • To promote acceptance & inclusion of people with Down syndrome
  • To raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs
  • To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice
In Indianapolis, the Buddy Walk® presented by Down Syndrome Indiana is a 2.6 mile no-fee walk along the canal beginning at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park. Proceeds from the walk help fund Down Syndrome Indiana programs and services that help individuals with Down syndrome and their families. These programs and services include, but are not limited to:
  • New Parent Information & Resource Packets
  • Educators’ Resources
  • Social Activities
  • Support for Research and Advocacy
  • Informational and Educational Conferences

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