The leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society
8 E 41st Street, 8th Floor
New York New York 10017
[email protected] 

National Buddy Walk® Background

Buddy Walk® History

The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to bring together a wide range of concerned individuals to reach out to friends, family and co-workers to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome and to raise money for local and national programs and services. The Buddy Walk® is a trademarked program of the National Down Syndrome Society.

Each Buddy Walk® is usually a one-mile walk, in which anyone can participate without special training. The National Buddy Walk® Program has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to more than 260 expected in 2015. More than 310,000 people from coast to coast and abroad participated this past year.

Learn more about the history of the Buddy Walk.

Buddy Walk Statistics

National Buddy Walk® statistics from the 2014 season:

  • More than 250 Walks were held in 2014 across the country and abroad. 
  • Nearly $13,000,000 was raised nationwide through the NDSS Buddy Walk®. These funds were distributed among sponsoring Buddy Walk® organizations and the National Down Syndrome Society. 
  • More than 310,000 individuals participated in a Buddy Walk® in 2014.