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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 over 250 expected in 2012. More than 285,000 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 2012 season:

  • More than 250 Walks were held in 2012 across the country and abroad. 
  • Approximately $11,750,000 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 295,000 individuals participated in a Buddy Walk® in 2012. 


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