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17th Annual Buddy Walk & Family Festival
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Lake Quannapowitt – 1 Church Street, Wakefield, MA

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome on Sunday.
Hope to see you there!


The MDSC Buddy Walk Program is the state’s largest public awareness platform to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk & Family Festival, our signature walk, takes place during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and draws in 4,000 people to celebrate our community and support the important work of the MDSC.

Fundraising Goal: $475,000

We ask that all walkers, ages 13 and up, strive to reach the $150 fundraising minimum by October 31st.

Your fundraising efforts are critical to our mission and directly impact programs and services that provide hope to new and expectant parents, training to medical professionals and students, best practices to educators, opportunities for teens and adults, and a strong voice on Capitol Hill.


• Adults - $20.00
• Children & Young Adults (22 and under) - $10.00

Registration includes all walk festivities and your event t-shirt. T-shirts are only guaranteed to people who pre-register. All others are given out while supplies last. Lunch can be purchased for an additional cost.

Schedule of Events (Rain or Shine)

11:00am – Registration & Pre-Walk Festivities
12:45pm – Opening Ceremonies
1:00pm – Walk Begins
2:00pm – Picnic & Post-Walk Festivities

About Our Theme

Our theme “Walk for Real Lives” is about MDSC’s mission to ensure people with Down syndrome have the ability to lead meaningful lives. It’s also a celebration of who people with Down syndrome are and what their hopes and dreams are for the future. Their aspirations are just as “real” as the rest of society’s. The theme also stems from a new legislative bill that the MDSC and advocacy organizations across the state are supporting this year.

Other Helpful Information

On the top-left column of this webpage, you can find more information about being a team captain, team fundraising incentives, the Buddy Walk All Star Program, sponsorship opportunities, and other tools to get you started.

For all questions, ideas, and suggestions, please email

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