12th Annual Children’s Hospital Buddy Walk & Family Fun Day

Oct. 6, 2013 • Villanova University

Published on in Trisomy 21 Update

2013 marks the 12th Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Buddy Walk® and Family Fun Day benefiting the Trisomy 21 Program at CHOP.

Nationally, the Buddy Walk®, a trademark of the National Down Syndrome Society, is one of the largest Down syndrome fundraising events, with more than 300 locally organized walks around the world.

For the CHOP Buddy Walk® and Family Fun Day, approximately 4,000 moms, dads, grandparents and children from all across the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey will walk around the track together in the spirit of camaraderie, to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and celebrate their many accomplishments.

The Buddy Walk® and Family Fun Day is staffed by more than 150 volunteers and features a full slate of great activities, including food, music, moon bounces and mascots. All proceeds of the CHOP Buddy Walk® go directly to benefit the families and patients of the CHOP Trisomy 21 Program.

Interested in getting involved? Here are some ways:

  • Bring your family and friends to the walk. Create a team – go to www.giftofchildhood.org/buddywalk to download the team captain packet and learn more.
  • Need a service project? Contact Emma Laverty at 267-426-6496 or buddywalk@email.chop.edu to discuss ideas and how it might work.
  • Donate an item. We are always looking for raffle or silent auction items for the raffle/silent auction tent.
  • Want to volunteer the day of the event? Contact Emma Laverty, laverty@email.chop.edu, for more information.