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Buddy Walk & 5K Run This Saturday, November 5


The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville is excited to announce the 9th Annual Buddy Walk will take place Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Jacksonville Beach Pavilion.  The 1-mile walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the DSAJ and the local chapter’s goal is to raise $150,000.  This is also the second year for the Matrix 5K run, which will precede the walk @ 8am. 


Immediately after the walk, everyone is invited to stay and enjoy the live music, carnival games, ferris wheel, bungee trampolines, bounce houses, and great food.   Monies raised during the event go directly to the local DSAJ, which helps both children and adults with Down syndrome to get therapies, receive training, and attend conferences.


October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and last year more than 4000 participants walked in the Jacksonville area Buddy Walk to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  The monies raised during this event go to fund local programs and services, national advocacy efforts, and to help influence local and national policy and practice.  Last year alone, Buddy Walks across the nation raised more than $10 million.



  • The Buddy Walk was established by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995
  • The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 to more than 275 in 2009 across the country and around the world.
  • At least 250,000 people are expected to participate in more than 280 Buddy Walk events this year.
  • Since 1995, more than 2,500,000 people have participated in the Buddy Walk program.
  • John C. McGinley, who plays Dr. Perry Cox in the hit NBC show "Scrubs," is a National Down Syndrome Society Ambassador. Mr. McGinley is both an accomplished actor and the proud father of Max who has Down syndrome.
  • Anyone who wants to support acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome can participate in the Buddy Walk.

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