Down syndrome Outreach Buddy Walk

buddy-walk-2016-tjs-edited-photos-111The Buddy Walk® is a fun and rewarding opportunity to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, your participation and generosity is greatly appreciated!

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down syndrome and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  Anyone can be a buddy!

DsO Thanks You for Your Help!

Because of Your Support We Will Have Another Buddy Walk!!!

October 7th, 12 – 3pm

Depot Market Square, Downtown Bellingham

Pre-Registration Opens July 23

To Register Online and Create your Team Page Click HERE

To Download/Print Registration Form Click HERE

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The Buddy Walk 2018 will mark the 15th year of Buddy Walk® in Whatcom County! The event is a highlight for the Down syndrome Outreach community, bringing together members, friends and family to walk and celebrate with each other. The annual Buddy Walk® in Whatcom County has grown over the years from a grass-roots event with a handful of families to a ‘full-on’ celebration with live music, food, activities, games and the 1-mile walk through Bellingham’s downtown streets. This year, food trucks will be at the event for participants to purchase lunch.  Last year, over 450 community members participated! DsO reaches over 90 individuals & families in our community with direct support and services, accessing support meetings, receiving information and education through our lending library, and connecting and networking with other parents. We receive limited funding for these direct services and rely on donations and sponsorships through the year to hold the Buddy Walk and other events. DsO is an exceptional program of support, inclusion and acceptance that is truly unique. This year we are asking the community and local businesses to join with us in supporting the Buddy Walk. In 2017, the total cost to host Buddy Walk was over $15,000.

Our 2018 Fundraising Campaign to have the 15th Annual Buddy Walk was successful!

Because of community support from individuals, friends, family members and local businesses we were able to raise $10,202 by May 31st!

Click here to read a Letter from Executive Director, Beverly Porter, about this wonderful event and the necessary changes to sustain the program and success of the Buddy Walk.


Register by Sept. 14th to guarantee your 2018 Buddy Walk T-Shirt!*
Registrations received and paid in full by September 14th are guaranteed a T-shirt, lower registration price, and are eligible for early T-shirt pick up between October 3 – 5 (10am – 2pm). Register by completing the registration form. To print you a paper copy, click HERE. To easily register online and start your fundraising page for the event, you can go to

Please note: Scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please print a paper copy of the registration form HERE , or pick one up from our office. To receive a scholarship, you must apply by September 14th. Please fill out the registration form with all of your team member and participant information. Scholarship requests will be reviewed following September 14th and you will be notified by the end of September.

To easily register online and start your fundraising you can go to

Ways you can continue to help….

  1. Become a Buddy Walk sponsor, or connect with businesses for monetary sponsorship opportunities. Contact Jessika to learn how.
  2. Make a cash donation to Down syndrome Outreach:
    • Share information with family and friends!
    •  You can also donate through the Arc of Whatcom County website by clicking Here. Please note on your donation that the funds are in support of Buddy Walk.
  3. Personalize the Family Friendly Sponsor letter (word document) with your family names (in highlighted areas), and send to family members & friends to ask for their monetary support. You can also share the March Newsletter article with them.
  4. Volunteer!! More info below!


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Click here to watch the 2017 DsO Buddy Walk of Whatcom County Video!

Want to Get Involved? Here’s How:

Donate & Help Raise Money

The money raised will support local programs for individuals with Down syndrome. With everyone’s active participation and generous support, the possibilities for great services and events become endless!

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Down syndrome Outreach is a volunteer committee of family members and compassionate friends.  Volunteers are always needed on the day of the event to help set up, give directions, hand out information, and more.

Encourage friends and family to join you!


Buddy Walk Planning Committee Seeks Volunteer Members for Whatcom County’s 15th Annual Buddy Walk!

Do you love the Buddy Walk?  Do you want to help ensure the success of your Buddy Walk and make this year’s event even more amazing?

If so, Down syndrome Outreach’s Buddy Walk Planning Committee is the place to get involved!  We will discuss the details of this event and use one another’s talents and efforts to create an even more awesome and memorable Buddy Walk than ever before.

This incredible event wouldn’t be possible without the help of amazing volunteers and community partners!

If you can’t attend the meetings, but would still like to get involved, email

Meeting dates:

Wednesday, August 1, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 – 7:00pm

If you cannot make all of the meetings, that is O.K.!

You are always welcome for any of the meetings to see how you can get involved.

Meetings are located at: The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center, 2602 McLeod Rd, Bellingham


Check out our Facebook Page & share the event!

See photos from the 2015 walk HERE & the 2016 walk HERE.


This event will be held in an accessible location and sign language interpretation is provided.




The Buddy Walk is co-sponsored by Bellingham Parks and Rec.

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