The Buddy Walk®, established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society, promotes awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. To read more about the history, development, and current practices of the National Buddy Walk® please visit the National Down Syndrome Society website. (Link)

Chris Burke with walkers

The 2013 Buddy Walk®, held in  September, was a great success. Families and other supporters from across the Tri-Cities, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina gathered to enjoy a day of fun and community. Our annual one-mile event raised over $37,000, which will be used to support our local chapter as well as the National Down Syndrome Society (Link). Our special guests Chris Burke with Joe and John DeMasi (Chris's website) were a delight and they made the event extra special this year. 

Watch Video of Chris, Joe and John as they perform at our Speaker Supper the evening before our walk. 


We would like to thank all of our sponsors and families for their generous gifts and support. Each and every donation is important to us and each and every participant is what makes our fundraising event fun and  successful.

Many thanks go to the following sponsors and top fundraising families for their extra efforts in raising donations for FRIENDS!

Hoilman Construction Co., Inc. Logo  Mr. Photo Booth Logo TrueLine Logo

KBM Logo  DJ Alan Dodson Logo

Our top fundraising families! You can read about each team by following their team link.

Andrea's AllStars 
Katie's Awesome Buddies
Nico's Friends

Our next Buddy Walk® event will be in September of 2014. Please consider joining us for fun, food, exercise, and community! We'll see you there.




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