Buddy Walk

We are excited to announce that the 2024 Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday, August 17th at the Tri-C Western Campus! Registration for the walk is now open! Click on the link below to register or donate. See you at the 2024 Buddy Walk!


Sponsoring the 2024 NEO Buddy Walk is a GREAT way to support your local community. Learn more HERE!

The Buddy Walk® was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  Since 1995, the Buddy Walk® has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community.

The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to more than 250 walks held worldwide this year.  In 2014, nearly $13 million was raised nationwide by over 315,000 participants to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

The Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk began in 2001 and has continued annually ever since.