Buddy Walk

Saturday, September 10, 2016 | ​9 am Registration; 10 am Start | ​Sawyer Point


The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Worldwide, The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to over 250 walks planned in 2013 (2014?). Last year, 295,000 people across the country raised more than $11.75 million to support local programs and services, as well as National Down Syndrome Society advocacy and public awareness initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk here in Cincinnati just celebrated a banner year, having raised over $435,000! Not only was it our best year financially, but it was also the largest event to date – as over 11,500 people walked in honor of a loved one or friend with Down syndrome.  As our largest fundraiser of the year, the Buddy Walk provides about 50% of the needed resources for the DSAGC to fufill its mission. 

Every day we make meaningful strides to foster inclusion and to celebrate the lives of in individuals with Down syndrome.  There is no better place to do it than at the Cincinnati Buddy Walk.  

Interested in sponsoring this event?  CLICK HERE to learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities.

"We walk to celebrate Nate and all individuals with Down syndrome. The first year, we came out of curiosity. Now, we come as an annual tradition to see our community embrace the gifts and challenges of Down syndrome."

-Julie Palermo, mother of Nathan