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Statewide Buddy Walk Program

Important Links and Documents

Register or Donate to the 7th Buddy Walk by the Sea
 Register or donate to 5th Annual Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair
Register or Donate to the 21st Buddy Walk & Family Festival

Promoting Acceptance and Inclusion  


Buddy Walk & Family Festival 

The MDSC Buddy Walk® Program gives individuals, schools, community groups, and local businesses across the state an opportunity to get involved in fundraising campaigns and events year-round, all intended to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

The statewide campaign is anchored by our signature Buddy Walk & Family Festival. It also includes major and minor events throughout Massachusetts, such as Buddy Walk by the Sea on Cape Cod, the Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts, a number of school fundraisers, Buddy Bucks Store campaigns, and other fundraisers endorsed by the MDSC.

21st Anniversary Walk - 

It's hard to believe that it's been 21 years this October that a handful of passionate parents gathered at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield to connect, share and create awareness about the many contributions people with Down syndrome bring to the world. 

Those families planted the seed of what today has become the largest gathering of the Down syndrome community in New England. What is now the MDSC Buddy Walk & Family Festival may look very different from those early days, but the goal remains the same - to promote full acceptance and inclusion for all individuals with Down syndrome throughout their lifespans.

Will you join us for our Buddy Walk & Family Festival on Oct. 8, 2017 to give honor to those who came before us and to pay it forward for the many new families the MDSC welcomes every day?

This past year alone, we provided support to 157 new and expectant families. These families are counting on us to push the envelope every day to ensure that their loved ones with Down syndrome have every opportunity to lead a meaningful fulfilling life.

Funds raised by the MDSC Buddy Walk and Family Festival go toward critical programs and services including:

Parents First Call, Advocates in Motion (AIM), Self Advocate Advisory Council, Educator's Forum, Educator's Manual, Annual Conference, Legislative Advocacy on a state and national level, Allen Crocker Self Advocate Internship Program, Your Next Star Employment Campaign and so much more. 

All of these programs have directly led to better lives for people with Down syndrome in Massachusetts and beyond. Join us and be a part of the warmth and determination of our community. 

Start a team., Join a Team, Sponsor a Walker, Be a Virtual Walker, or Sponsor the walk here


The Buddy Walk is an advocacy initiative launched in 1995 by The National Down Syndrome Society. It serves as a vehicle to generate significant awareness and understanding of Down syndrome nationally, while simultaneously raising critical funds to support local programs and services offered by The MDSC. As a proud affiliate of The NDSS, a portion of all proceeds from Buddy Walk campaigns go to support national advocacy initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of individuals with Down syndrome. 

If you're interested getting involved in the Buddy Walk program, please email us at buddywalk@mdsc.org or click on one of the events below for more information.

Buddy Walk By The Sea (July 30 Hyannis)

Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair (Sept. 17, Westborough)

Buddy Walk & Family Festival (October 8, Wakefield)

Buddy Walk Family Picnic

Important Links and Documents

Buddy Walk Program Fundraising Toolkit
 Buddy Walk Incentive Progam