2023 LLDSS - 23rd Annual Buddy Walk

Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W, Springfield, IL 62704

The LLDSS principal fundraising activity and primary public event is through its annual Buddy Walk® held in the fall of each year in Springfield, Illinois. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for 2010 worldwide, and we are proud to be an affiliate of NDSS. As an affiliate, a portion of all of the funds raised through our Buddy Walk are paid to NDSS and are used to benefit local programs and services as well as national education, research and advocacy programs. All of the remaining funds raised during the Buddy Walk are used by LLDSS to support our programs and activities and in furthering our goal of promoting awareness, acceptance, inclusion and providing opportunities for children and adults with Down syndrome. We are excited to host our 23rd annual Buddy Walk at Washington Park on September 24, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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