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Buddy Walk & Family Festival
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Celebrating National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Every October since 1996, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress has been hosting its Buddy Walk & Family Festival to celebrate the Down syndrome community and promote acceptance and inclusion. Held annually during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, our signature walk continues to be the MDSC's largest public awareness and fundraising event.
Thousands of people pledge their support and join together as they walk around beautiful Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. The day includes pre-walk activities, opening ceremony, a three-mile walk, family festival, and post-walk entertainment. Every walker is encouraged to raise a minimum of $150 before the day of the walk.
As the state's leading provider of information, networking opportunities, and advocacy for and about Down syndrome, your support will allow the MDSC to continue supporting, enhancing and expanding opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome.
Thanks to all who came to this year's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
This year, our community bravely faced the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew on Buddy Walk day. Although rain poured down on us, our spirits remained high. We would like to thank all who came out to support programs that help our friends with Down syndrome. Our community sticking together on one of Massachusetts' worst weather days of the season exemplifies our strength, dedication and perserverance. View more photos and highlights on our Facebook page!