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We want to send you to the Buddy Walk on Washington!

We want to send you to the Buddy Walk on Washington!

Something new this year that Buddy Walk Committee has decided is that every team that raises over $10,000 this year will get a trip for 3 to the Buddy Walk on Washington! Yes that is hotel, airfare, and conference fees. We think it’s so important for every family to get involved in advocating.

The Buddy Walk on Washington is such a powerful trip, not only for the individuals going but also for advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about the current policies or how Washington works. NDSS takes you through step by step and lets you know what to say and where to go, they do all the hard back work! The first day of the conference is learning about the issues and the key points that you should say. NDSS arranges all the meetings and you travel across Washington in a group with everyone on else from your state.

Check out the blog posts from the trips I took in 2015 and in 2016.

The 2017 Buddy Walk on Washington will take place April 4-5, 2017. For more information on the walk head to NDSS’s website.

So get fundraising!! We want to see lots of teams there! ILLINOIS REPRESENT!!

Buddy Walk on Washington

Buddy Walk on Washington 2016

Buddy Walk on Washington 2016

Today was a day filled of fear, being proud, way out of my comfort zone, and a bunch of other emotions. Today I went to Capitol Hill and talked to Illinois Representatives and Senators to advocate for individual with Down syndrome during the Buddy Walk on Washington. Our objective was 3 fold: 1 – Get… Continue Reading

2015 Walk wrap up

2015 Walk wrap up

Thank you, everyone, who came out to this year’s walk, who could have asked for a better day?! Today I put the rest of the Buddy Walk stuff in my attic and it’s kind of  bittersweet to close out another year. Although it is nice to have some time back, it’s sad to see all the Down… Continue Reading

iPad Grants

Thanks to our wonderful walkers and sponsors we are able to announce the continuation of our iPad Grant program. We will be giving out 5 iPad grants to our walker families. We know that having the right technology can help an individual with Down syndrome achieve greater knowledge, independence and more! Download and fill out the PDF… Continue Reading

We need Talent!!

We need Talent!!

We heard you on the survey and we are working hard to get some talent for our talent stage!! So far we have Chrome 47, GiGi’s Cheer Gems and Special Needs Theatre but we have more spots to fill!! Do you have a dance group, band, cheer group or any type of performance group that includes… Continue Reading

Really excited for the 2015 Buddy Walk

Really excited for the 2015 Buddy Walk

In April I was privileged to be a part of the 2015 Buddy Walk Conference. Wow what a wonderful 24 hours! I got to meet organizers from all over the US, meet some of the National Walk Sponsors, plus got a sneak peek of the movie Where Hope Grows and see the ceremonial signing of the Virginia… Continue Reading

NEW – iPad Grants to be given out this year

Thanks to our wonderful walkers and sponsors we are able to announce a new program this year! We will be giving out 5 iPad grants to our walker families. We know that having the right technology can help an individual with Down syndrome achieve greater knowledge, independence and more! Download and fill out the PDF application to… Continue Reading

September 4th Gordon Biersch – Fundraiser

Join us at Gordon Biersch with the Promenade Bolingbrook for Brats, Bags, & Beer! Partial proceeds from outside tent sales will benefit the Chicagoland Buddy Walk. 5:30 – 8:00p – Enjoy Gordon Biersch Beer & Brats special outside in the Beer Garden $11 6pm – 8pm – Naperville’s One More Time band Performing on the… Continue Reading