Buddy Walk History


The Buddy Walk® was created 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.  The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 275 walks planned for 2013 worldwide.  In 2012, more than $11.75 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.  2013 is the first year that the Buddy Walk came to the High Country!

The primary goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote the awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.   Families and friends whose lives have been touched by Down syndrome will join members of our communities in helping to raise awareness concerning the abilities people with Down syndrome possess.

The Buddy Walk of the High Country 2013 was a HUGE success. 2014 was even better!

The Buddy Walk of the High Country was held on September 13, 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ashe County High School.

It was a HUGE success….we had a lot walkers, a good number of teams, and raised over $15,000 for local families and outreach activities. Our sponsors were a big part of that….thank you thank you thank you G.E. AEV, Mountain Town Dental, Caleb’s Heart, United Chemicon, Farm Bureau of Watauga, Bryce Holder, CPA, Glen Sullivan, Menchies, Alray Tire, Bandanas, Boondocks, WJ Office Supply, RDR Kennels, Reeves Law Firm, Mountain Auction Company, Skyline, SNAP by Ang, State Farm, ‘Tis the Season, Miller Insurance, Life Store, Combs, Tennant, Carpenter PC, Jones Hardwood Floor, Ashe County Cheese, Mount Jefferson Family Medicine, Mountain Aire Golf Course, and Ashe Services for Aging.

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (signifying the 3 21st chromosomes that typically cause Down syndrome) …..be looking for announcements about planned events. We are planning a BIG celebration on the afternoon of the 21st.  Click on the Flier below.

Flier for WDS 15

If you’d like more information, please click here for links to different resources.


Through our Buddy Walk of the High Country we raise funds for Public Awareness and Education events as well as for small individual grants to families of and individuals with Down syndrome. These grants can be used for medical expenses, specialized or basic equipment, educational needs and programs that enrich development, recreational programs and more. Please click on this link to find the application.

The Buddy Walk application


Buddy Walk of the High Country planning team : Kaaren Hayes, Lynn Robinson, Gillian Hampton, Norma Bouchard, Kristi Lewis, Melissa Lewis, Patricia Calloway, Jessica Carter, Barbara Myers, Jessica Roland and Kaylan Lewis, Michelle Isaacs, Barbara and Bradley Myers, Brooke Hollar, Falon Calhoun, and Rachel Farmer.