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Buddy Walk

About the Walk:

The National Down Syndrome Society developed the Buddy Walk® in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk® has grown from 17 events in 1995 to more than 250 events in 2012! The Buddy Walk® has been ranked in the top 30 fundraising events nationwide for: money raised, number of participants and best series event since 2008 according to Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council Survey results. 


Our first Buddy Walk took place at Idlewild Park in September of 2005, and had about 200 participants. Each year the Buddy Walk has grown, and this year we expect to have nearly 1,000 participants! The Buddy Walk® & Fun Fair will be held at Reno High School’s Foster Field to accommodate our growth.  

Proceeds from the walk will allow the DSNNN to further our existing programs and create new programs and events to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. Programs supported by the Buddy Walk® & Fun Fair are: Family Support Group, Family Gatherings, Sibshops, Lending Library, Parent-to-Parent Training, and Medical Outreach. New to the DSNNN: iCan Bike Camp, and Club 21: Teen and Adult Group.

How it Works: 

Each year teams form consisting of family members and friends of individuals with Down syndrome. You can create a team or join an existing team to participate in the walk and activities planned for the day. If you would like to support the Buddy Walk® but cannot attend the event, you can donate to a team!