3…2…1… Let’s Get Ready To Buddy Walk

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana, ILLINOIS

What is the Buddy Walk?

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness.  It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community with over 300 events across the country and around the world.

In the past year, 330,000 walkers collectively raised $14.2 million dollars, which is used to support local programs and services as well as national advocacy initiatives.

15th Buddy Walk: 3…2…1… Color Me Awesome


The DSN is excited to host its 15th Buddy Walk. To celebrate we are going to have some Color Fun.

All participants are welcome! From strollers to seniors, all supporters of individuals with Down syndrome are invited to participate. Buddy Walk® events are great places to network with families and learn more about support services available. There is always plenty of fun, food & activities for everyone.


9:00 am - 2:00 pm Fun & Games
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Buddy Walk

Our 2019 Ambassador


Daniel, age 4, is our 15th Buddy Walk Ambassador. How is the Ambassador selected? At the Buddy Walk, teams compete in a variety of competitions. The Ambassador’s team wins the Best Spirit competition. And Daniel’s team is the reigning champion.