14th Annual Buddy Walk and Family Fun Day

Published on in Trisomy 21 Update

Help us to give back to a great cause and have fun at the same time!

Join us for the 14th annual Buddy Walk® and Family Fun Day. This time-honored tradition will be held at the Villanova Stadium on Oct. 4, 2015.

The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. It has grown to nearly 300 walks planned worldwide in 2015. This beloved event benefits the Trisomy 21 Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the NDSS.

For the CHOP Buddy Walk® and Family Fun Day, approximately 3,500 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. The goal of the event is to raise funds and 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. This year there will also be a silent auction.

Interested in getting involved? Here are some ways:

  • Create or join a team — go to chopbuddywalk.org to register. You can join an existing team or create your own, and find fundraising ideas.
  • Get involved as part of a service project. We’re happy to discuss ideas and how this would work.
  • Donate raffle items or silent auction items.
  • Volunteer on the day of the event.

Contact buddywalk@email.chop.edu for more information about any of the above.

We look forward to seeing you all there!