2020 DSNO Buddy Walk®

Be sure to mark your calendar for the NEW DATE of October 4, 2020 to join our 18th annual (and first ever virtual) DSNO Buddy Walk®!  We’ll be virtual this year to celebrate Down syndrome awareness and raise funds for programs that benefit our local Down syndrome community!

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As we monitor the devastating fires sweeping the region, we want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your safety and well-being is our top priority at this time. If you have been displaced or need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@dsno.org. We are here for you!

It is for this reason we are rescheduling the Buddy Walk® for Sunday, October 4th from 10:00-11:00 AM, which also coincides with the kick-off of Down syndrome awareness month. The virtual format has not changed, and more information will be provided in the coming weeks.

We are going virtual in 2020!

Our Buddy Walk® may be different this year but our mission is not. The safety and health of our community and our members is top priority. For this reason, we are bringing you our first ever virtual DSNO Buddy Walk® on

 October 4th, 2020

10:00 am – 11:00 am

To encourage safety and social distancing, we will not have an in-person gathering this year. Our event will be live-streamed on our DSNO Facebook Page. After a welcome and thank you, we plan to break our programming for each family and participant to take a 20 minute, socially-distanced walk in your neighborhood or your favorite park – your own Buddy Walk® – and then return to the group livestream.

During the Buddy Walk® portion of the event, we encourage our Buddy Teams to interact with your extended teams. You could host a livestream on your favorite social media platform, start a group Zoom or FaceTime call, or share pictures and videos on a group text chat. We strongly encourage everyone not to gather in groups larger than 10 or to break your family’s bubble, but to find ways to connect with others virtually.

Leading up to and throughout the event, we will encourage all participants who are comfortable doing so to be active on social media and “go live” or post pictures and videos using the hashtags #DSNO and #NDSSBUDDYWALK.

Instead of t-shirts this year, we will have DSNO face coverings for donors and registrants which will be mailed upon registration. Please allow 1 week delivery time.

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Families Benefited


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“I love the sense of community the DSNO events create. The Buddy Walk® is so fun. Its like a family reunion and such a great opportunity to visit with other families.” – DSNO Member

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