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 is coming 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 will be held on September 21, 2013 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Our planning has been going well and we expect this event will be a great success. We have had a very good response to our appeals for sponsorship from local companies (High Country people are the best!). What we need now is for people to register to walk. We hope to have most participants register before the event and can only guarantee t-shirts for those who have pre-registered. Please register!

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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.