Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem


Benefiting the Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9am-12:30pm

West Forsyth High School, Clemmons


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52 Teams

757 Walkers
Buddy Walk Slideshow
Top Fundraiser - Returning Teams
Top Fundraisers - First Time Teams
Your Donation Will Make A Difference

Your donation will make a difference in our community by providing:

  • Resource Notebooks for families affected by Down syndrome
  • New Parent Celebration
  • 3-2-1 Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome
  • Conference scholarships for families and adults with Down syndrome
  • Family social gatherings
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.)
  • Educational programs for our community
  • Programs that support and promote greater inclusion
  • Next Chapter Book Club – an adult literacy program
  • No Limits II Dance Club
  • Triad First in Families Donation
Matching Gifts

Does your employer have a matching gifts program? If they do, your donation just doubled! Make a donation, then ask your co-workers to do the same. Together, we can all make a difference.

Teams will get credit for obtaining matching gift donations!

Win A Team Award

5 Team Prizes Awarded at Walk (Maximum of 1 award per team. Results of top teams tabulated at midnight on October 11th. Most spirit determined at the walk):

  • most money raised - 1st time teams
  • most money raised - returning teams
  • most registered members - 1st time teams
  • most registered members -  returning teams
  • most spirit demonstrated at the walk

Teams will get credit for obtaining corporate sponsorships and donations!

About The Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk® was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 275 walks planned this year worldwide. Last year, more than $11.75 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

The PDSSN Buddy Walk and Family Fun Day is the primary fundraiser for the Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network (PDSSN). In addition to raising funds and awareness, it's is a great place to meet other families and learn about the rewards of having a child with Down syndrome. Each year our attendance has grown and we’re expecting over 1250 people this year to participate in this family friendly event which includes food, entertainment, carnival games, inflatables, educational information, talent show, music and more.  

You won’t want to miss it!

Join Us For PDSSN's Annual Buddy Walk

1. Register and Form a Team!

Become a team captain, choose a team name, ask 5 people or more to join you & have fun with the rest! Once you have signed up, you will get your own personal and customizable team webpage to track donations & make giving easy as well as receive periodic e-updates offering suggestions on how to make your team the best it can be! Deadline for guaranteed walker t-shirt is October 7th!

IMPORTANT FOR RETURNING TEAMS: The team captain needs to register themselves as team captain first with the same email they set up the account with last year.  Once they select register as team captain they will be asked to log in with last year’s email and password, or they can reset password if they have forgotten.  You must use the email address you used in previous years. Once you log into the site, you will be given the option of choosing to be team captain for the team name you used last year. 

Note: When registering more than one family member at a time, each person needs to be entered in the registration section separately. Be sure to click "Register Another" and not "Complete Registration" after you enter each person's information. Only click on "Complete Registration" after you have entered the final person's information. If you have additional questions, please email us at or call (336) 739-DOWN (3696).  

2. Become a Sponsor! 

With over 1,250 people expected at this year’s PDSSN Buddy Walk, your sponsorship of the event is anexcellent opportunity to tell our community about the products or services your business has to offer. "Pay it forward" today and make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families! Click on SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for more information,. You're also welcome to call (336) 739-DOWN (3696) or email us at Thank you!

3. Donate Today!

If you don't have a specific team you'd like to support, your general donation will go towards the many programs and services PDSSN offers to the individuals and families we serve in the Piedmont area. Just scroll up and click on the blue "DONATE" button. You can print a receipt for your tax deduction. Thank you in advance for your generous gift!

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