On October 13, 2013, the National Down Syndrome Society will host its annual Buddy Walk® in Centennial Olympic Park. The Buddy Walk® is held each October, which is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and is aimed to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome, which is the most common chromosomal disorder for which there is no known cause or cure. Participants of the Buddy Walk® will enjoy a short route around Centennial Olympic Park as well as live music, characters, bounce houses, an auction, lunch and many other family oriented activities.
The 16th Annual Buddy Walk
Sunday, October 13, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
About the Buddy Walk
The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals.
What started in 1995 as 17 walks has grown to more than 250 walks across the country and around the world. Last year alone, 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk and collectively they raised over $11 million to benefit local programs and services and NDSS national advocacy initiatives.
The Atlanta Buddy Walk, which started in 1998, is a quarter-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.
To learn more about the Buddy Walk®, visit this website.