Buddy Walk

buddylogoWHAT IS A BUDDY WALK?   Down Right AWESOME!

DSSGC invites YOU to participate with us at our annual Columbia Basin Buddy Walk!
Join us for an unforgettable and heart-warming experience that you will want to come back to year after year!

EVERYONE CAN BE A BUDDY!

Buddy Walks

The DSSGC Columbia Basin Buddy Walk is one of the many buddy walks being held around the world.  The Buddy Walk® was established by the National Down Syndrome Society  in 1995 and has grown to be the world’s largest and most recognizable Down syndrome awareness program.  The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to over 225 walks taking place in all 50 states and select international countries. Each year over 315,000 walkers collectively raise nearly $14 million to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

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We are excited to announce the 8th Annual Columbia Basin Buddy Walk 2020 will be a PARADE this year!
We want to keep everyone safe by social distancing and so we have decided to celebrate in a new and unique way!
The Buddy Walk Parade will be September 26, 2020 at 3:00pm.
DEADLINE for registration is August 21. 2020. There is no
online Registration option. It is MAIL IN only.  (Find downloadable forms under Registration tab)
The Buddy Walk t-shirts will only be available for those who register. There will be no extra t-shirts to purchase at the Buddy Walk this year. We will be making sure the t-shirts are available 1 week in advance of the event.
Decorate your vehicle with the Down syndrome colors of Blue and Yellow!!
This year when the parade finishes, we will be handing out Pizza, bottled water, and goodies!!

Our hope is that the route will start in the parking lot right in front of the Surf ‘n Slide Water Park and continue our usually “walk” route. LOCATION is pending Public Health Department approval. We will change the location if needed. Decorate your vehicle with the Down syndrome colors of Blue and Yellow!!

Bring your decorated car or truck, friends and family, camera, and most importantly, bring a smile!

The entrance fee for this event is $10. This includes a Buddy Walk shirt and food. Free registration for those with Down syndrome.

DEADLINE for registration is August 21. 2020. There is no
online Registration option. It is MAIL IN only.  (Find downloadable forms under Registration tab)

DSSGC Columbia Basin Buddy Walk

The DSSGC supports and organizes an annual local Buddy Walk called the DSSGC Columbia Basin Buddy Walk. The 1st Annual Columbia Basin Buddy Walk was held on October 12, 2013.  It was originally started as a High School Senior Project, in hopes that it would continue to bless and enrich the communities of Grant County. The Buddy Walk supports the mission of the DSSGC by engaging and educating the public about Down syndrome. The community members of Grant County come to celebrate, interact with, and support people with Down Syndrome and their families.  This event encourages public awareness and involvement with the Down syndrome community as it brings individuals, families, businesses, corporations, teams, and other organizations together to support people with Down Syndrome. The DSSGC supports the NDSS by giving 7% of all net proceeds from our annual buddy walks.

Each year, over 600 participants and volunteers from all over Grant County and Washington attend the annual DSSGC Columbia Basin Buddy Walk! We thank generous sponsors for making this walk possible!

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