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Puget Sound Buddy Walk® Fact Sheet




1:00 PM to 4:00 PM



See Linda and Kristie talk about the Buddy Walk on CityLine Tacoma TV!


 WHAT: The Buddy Walk®...The Buddy Walk® was developed 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 events in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for 2014 worldwide. In 2013, more than $12.2 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

Co-sponsored by the Seattle Center, the 18th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk® is hosted by the Down Syndrome Community (DSC) a non-profit organization committed to building a caring, supportive community through networking, educational seminars and social programs that cultivate friendships which positively impact families in the Puget Sound area.

WHEN: Puget Sound Buddy Walk® is from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 5th 2014

WHERE: Seattle Center Next 50 Plaza.
Map of Seattle Center
The Puget Sound Buddy Walk® is a short walk around the International Fountain and is open to participants of all ages and abilities.

WHO: Children, teens and adults with Down syndrome, family members, friends, teachers, healthcare professionals, teams and members of the community are all welcomed to join in the fun!  Come one come all!

WHY: October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and more than 300 Buddy Walk® events will occur throughout the United States. After the walk, you and your family will enjoy entertainment for everyone, including music, dancing, face painting, a fishing booth with prizes, clowns plus photography, art and jewelry created by local artists with Down syndrome.

For More Information and To Register:

To Volunteer:  Sign-up details coming soon.  Please check back for more information on volunteering

The DSC’s Heidi Heier Memorial Sharing Library will be at the Puget Sound Buddy Walk this year.
If you have books, CDs, DVDs or other media related to living with Down syndrome sitting idle on your shelves, please bring them to the Buddy Walk. Drop them off at our table and share them with others. And browse what others have brought to share with you.


Lynne Palmisano - Buddy Walk Co Chair Linda Michael - Buddy Walk Co Chair

2013 National Buddy Walk Public Service Announcement

The Buddy Walk is co-sponsored by the

Down Syndrome Community


Seattle Center, part of Seattle Center Community Created Events


2014 Sponsors

Parenting Media Sponsor

  Swensen Say Faget Logo  



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We are also able to accept donations to support the Puget Sound Buddy Walk® and the Down Syndrome Community via PayPal.  The Puget Sound Buddy Walk® is our largest annual fundraiser, which allows us  to sponsor educational and social activities and events throughout the greater Puget Sound Region. We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is fully tax-deductible.



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