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Buddy Walk

2013 to Boast 3 Buddy Walks 
Wakefield, Cape Cod, & Central Mass.
In 2013, for the first time in our 30-year history, the MDSC is hosting three Buddy Walks across the state! 
We are incredibly excited about the expansion of our Buddy Walk Program this year to include a Central Mass event. Each of our Buddy Walks has a unique feel that captures the character of its surroundings.  
...for one or more!
Each Buddy Walk, in its own individual way, will bring families together, create awareness and leave you and your family with memories to last a lifetime (or at least until your next Buddy Walk)!  
Our Biggest Awareness Event Can't Be Beat

17th Buddy Walk & Family Festival - Oct. 13, Wakefield

For 16 years, it was known as the Buddy Walk & Family Picnic. It has always been our biggest annual awareness event and fundraiser. In fact, because of  the "festival" atmosphere and the variety of entertainment offerings -- live performances, face-painting, music-making, climbing trucks, etc. -- we have decided to more accurately call it our the Buddy Walk & Family Festival.


This year, we are launching a new lunch program to give you more control and variety in the food offerings. We are also thrilled to welcome back to our Buddy Walk stage in 2013 Rachel Coleman of "Signing Time!" (right), the television program that teaches children basic American Sign Language in a fun, engaging way.  


* We encourage walkers ages 13 and up to strive for a $150 fundraising minimum by October 31

Nothing like Autumn in Central Mass! 

1st Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair - Sept. 22, Uxbridge


Our first ever Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts will be held September 22 at the beautiful River Bend Farm in Uxbridge. We expect to bring more than 500 individuals with Down syndrome, families, and friends together for an early autumn celebration. 


We will have children's entertainment, games and refreshments, culminating with an early autumn 1-mile stroll around the grounds. Funds raised will support all MDSC programs advocating for full, meaningful lives for individuals with Down syndrome across the state.



Promoting Acceptance and Inclusion  

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, a number of school fundraisers, Buddy Bucks Store campaigns, and other fundraisers endorsed by the MDSC. 


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.

Buddy Walk by the Sea (July 27, Falmouth)

Buddy Walk by the Sea

Buddy Walk & Family Festival (Oct. 13 Wakefield)

Buddy Walk Family Picnic