- Adult Conference
- Advocacy Day
- Annual Conference
- Boston Bruins Partnership
- Boston Red Sox Partnership
- Community Fundraisers
- Educators Forum
- Buddy Walk Program
- Race for MDSC
- Calendar of Events
Statewide Buddy Walk Program
Important Links and Documents
5th Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair (Westborough)
21st Buddy Walk & Family Festival (Wakefield)
How to Register for Buddy Walk Videos
Building an inclusive future we can all believe in!
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Celebrating 21 Years of the Buddy Walk for our loved ones with an extra copy of the 21st chromsome!
This year marks 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!
That's we're launching our "21 Campaign", dedicated to spreading awareness about Down syndrome and encouraging people to join us on our fun-filled Buddy Walks!
Check out the MDSC's Facebook page for posts on facts and misconceptions about Down syndrome, along with brief bios about amazing people the all over the world who are breaking barriers and making history in the Down syndrome community.
We encourage you to share our posts to help us spread the message and keep an eye out for more posts to come. We also encourage everyone to use this year’s hashtag #MABuddyWalk if you would like to help us spread the word or would like the opportunity to share your own pictures, videos, or posts with us. Thanks so much!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click on one of the events below for more information.
Important Links and Documents
Buddy Walk Program Fundraising Toolkit
Buddy Walk Incentive Progam