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Statewide Buddy Walk Program

Important Links and Documents

2019 Buddy Walk & Family Festival (Wakefield) - REGISTER
 2019 Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair (Westboro) - REGISTER
MDSC Buddy Walk School Challenge (download)


The MDSC Buddy Walk Program is the largest public awareness platform promoting acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in Massachusetts.

In 2019, we will hold 2 Buddy Walks in different parts of the state: Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Westboro, and Buddy Walk & Family Festival in Wakefield.

MDSC Buddy Walks are events where people gather to celebrate the Down syndrome community and enjoy a fun day with family and friends. We hope you will join us on September 25 (Westboro) or October 13 (Wakefield).

Register for Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair 
Register for Buddy Walk & Family Festival 


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 (every other year), the Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts, a number of school fundraisers, and other fundraisers endorsed by the MDSC.

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. 

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 or click on one of the events below for more information.

Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair (Sept. 15, Westboro)

Buddy Walk & Family Festival (October 13, Wakefield)

Buddy Walk Family Picnic

Important Links and Documents

Buddy Walk Incentive Progam
 Buddy Walk Program Fundraising Toolkit