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Statewide Buddy Walk Program

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22nd Buddy Walk & Family Festival (Wakefield)

2017 Buddy Walk

Governor Baker and self advocates

Celebrating 21 Years of the Buddy Walk for our loved ones with an extra copy of the 21st chromsome! 

Last year marked the 21st anniversary of our Buddy Walk Program. That's 21 years and now 3 Walks. All to celebrate our loved ones with a 3rd copy of their 21st chromosome!


About the Buddy Walk

The MDSC Buddy Walk® Program gives individuals, schools, community groups, and local businesses across the state an opportunity to get involved in fundraising campaigns and events year-round, all intended to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

The statewide campaign is anchored by our signature Buddy Walk & Family Festival. It also includes major and minor events throughout Massachusetts, such as Buddy Walk by the Sea on Cape Cod, the Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts, a number of school fundraisers, and other fundraisers endorsed by the MDSC.

This past year alone, we provided support to 157 new and expectant families. These families are counting on us to push the envelope every day to ensure that their loved ones with Down syndrome have every opportunity to lead a meaningful fulfilling life.

Funds raised by the MDSC Buddy Walk Program go toward critical programs and services including:

Parents First Call, Advocates in Motion (AIM), Self Advocate Advisory Council, Educator's Forum, Educator's Manual, Annual Conference, Legislative Advocacy on a state and national level, Allen Crocker Self Advocate Internship Program, Your Next Star Employment Campaign and so much more. 

All of these programs have directly led to better lives for people with Down syndrome in Massachusetts and beyond. Join us and be a part of the warmth and determination of our community. 

So click on the images above to Start a team., Join a Team, Sponsor a Walker, Be a Virtual Walker, or Sponsor the walk. 

National Buddy Walk Program

The Buddy Walk is an advocacy initiative launched in 1995 by The National Down Syndrome Society. It serves as a vehicle to generate significant awareness and understanding of Down syndrome nationally, while simultaneously raising critical funds to support local programs and services offered by The MDSC. As a proud affiliate of The NDSS, a portion of all proceeds from Buddy Walk campaigns go to support national advocacy initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of individuals with Down syndrome. 

If you're interested getting involved in the Buddy Walk program, please email us at buddywalk@mdsc.org or click on one of the events below for more information.

three buddy walks 2017


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Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair (Sept. 17, Westborough)

Buddy Walk & Family Festival (October 8, Wakefield)

Buddy Walk Family Picnic

Important Links and Documents

Buddy Walk Program Fundraising Toolkit
 Buddy Walk Incentive Progam