Buddy Walk


What is the Buddy Walk?

We’re so glad you asked! Since 1995, Buddy Walks have been held all over the country each year as a national effort to improve the lives of all people with Down syndrome. All are welcome to participate! Our fundraising goal this year is $50,000. These funds go toward providing resources to families and programs such as speech therapy camp, a swim program, and social events for adults with Down syndrome.

Buddy Walk 2019 is October 26.

Please join us or consider donating or sponsoring a team.


Why is Buddy Walk Important?

The Buddy Walk is our biggest and sometimes only fundraiser. It also really helps spread awareness. It is essential to involve as many people in our community as we can!

What Does Buddy Walk Fund?

Buddy Walk funds all the major events and programs that we make available to our members and those in the community who are affected by Down Syndrome. You can view more information about our programs here.

How Can You Help?

The primary reason for the Grand Strand Buddy Walk is to spread awareness. Funds raised help support our programs, and simultaneously educate and advocate for acceptance. One of the best ways to meet these goals is to invite people to attend.

  • Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.

  • We need lots of volunteers! Ask your church, workplace, or your child’s school to consider forming teams of volunteers. getting a group of volunteers involved.

  • Spread the word. Help share social media posts. If you have a contact on the radio or news source, help us make the connection.

  • Do you planning events? Contact us to see how you can become part of the process.

  • Donate baked goods for our annual bake sale on the day of the event.

  • Donate items for us to raffle during the Buddy Walk event.

  • Create your own team and help fundraise during the weeks leading up to the event.

Sherrie, manager of WalMart #5367, donated$1000 to Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society grant fund.

Sherrie, manager of WalMart #5367, donated$1000 to Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society grant fund.

These are only a few ideas of how you can support our Buddy Walk event. We are also open to new suggestions all the time!

Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society accepts donations year round. If you would like to make a difference toward our mission, you may do so by clicking the Donate Now button below.

We are now seeking sponsors for 2019.

shout out to our current 2019 sponsors!


The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October.