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Statewide Buddy Walk Program

Important Links and Documents

3rd Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair (Sunday, Sept. 20, Uxbridge)
 19th Buddy Walk & Family Festival (Oct. 11, Wakefield)

Promoting Acceptance and Inclusion  

Buddy Walk

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.

2015 #WorldIsOursDs Walk

This year's theme, "The World Is Ours," represents the full range of opportunities available for our loved ones with Down syndrome to have a meaningful, fulfilling life.

You have the power to help the MDSC promote more opportunities than ever for all people with Down syndrome and their families. Come celebrate with us, walk, and show solidarity in our belief in the future.

We will carry this theme of empowerment through our two remaining Buddy Walks around the state.

"The World Is Ours" means that people with Down syndrome are taking ownership over all aspects of their lives - education, health care, employment, public policy, housing, and recreation.

The World Is Ours has special meaning this year as three major pieces of legislation helping our community passed recently - the National Background Check Bill, Real Lives Bill, and ABLE Act. MDSC has been championing these bills for years, and their passage will make a difference in many aspects of our loved ones' lives.

By participating in one of Buddy Walks this year, you will help support the kind of work that allows us to say in 2015 that the "World Is Truly Ours!"


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 & Harvest Fair (Sept. 20, Uxbridge)

Buddy Walk by the Sea (July 26, Falmouth)

Buddy Walk by the Sea

Buddy Walk & Family Festival (Sunday, October 11, Wakefield)

Buddy Walk Family Picnic

Important Links and Documents

Buddy Walk Program Fundraising Toolkit
 Buddy Walk Incentive Progam