Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS)

We are SANDS

SANDS seeks to inspire, educate and support individuals, families and communities living with Down syndrome throughout Southern Arizona.

SANDS pursues this goal by creating an open, supportive, and collaborative network connecting individuals and families with needed resources and information.

Our mission: To improve and enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and to promote public awareness.

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What We're All About At SANDS

Our goals, missions, and objectives all work towards the advancement and enrichment of the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.

Our Mission

Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to being the primary source of information and support for individuals with Down syndrome in southern Arizona, working towards an improved quality of life and respect as valued members of society.
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Our Purpose

SANDS focuses its efforts on connecting individuals and their families with needed services and resources, advocating locally and nationally, and raising public awareness.  SANDS is volunteer driven and fully funded through donations, and local and national fundraising events.
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Community

SANDS seeks to inspire, educate and support families and communities living with Down syndrome throughout Southern Arizona.
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Have any questions? Call us now!

(520) 312-2030

Our Services

New Parent Services

SANDS strives to provide support to all of the families in Southern Arizona of loved ones with Down syndrome.
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Grants & Scholarships

Programs to provide a medium by which SANDS can give back some of the funds it raises directly to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
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Education Services

SANDS pushes to educate individuals, families, and communities about Down syndrome from preferred language to facts, and various publications.
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Local Support Groups

SANDS is committed to providing encouragement and support to families who have family members with Down syndrome through local support groups.
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Contact SANDS

Contact us today with any questions or comments you have.

Meet Our Dedicated Board of Directors

At-Large

Chad McKinley
(self-advocate)

Sharon Callaway
(self-advocate)

Jonathan “Jay” Rivera
(Daughter, Madison)

Real Results. True Testimonials.

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October 2019

My Gym Northwest Play Group

October 25 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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One event on September 13, 2019 at 5:15pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 5:15pm

One event on November 22, 2019 at 5:15pm

My Gym, 7942 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 87504 United States
FREE

For everyone with Down syndrome 10 years and younger. Come and play! Siblings welcome. Sponsored by SANDS.

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Light the Night Walk

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Park Place Mall, 5870 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711 United States
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Free

SANDS is a proud sponsor of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk, which funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it's all happening now. Not someday, but today. Each year friends, families and coworkers form teams to raise money in support of our mission.

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Last Day to Submit a Give It Back! Application

October 31
FREE

All Give it Back! (GIB!) applications must be received by today, in order to be considered for a 2019 grant. The committee will not meet to vote after the November board meeting, and no funds will be granted in December.

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November 2019

Tucson Buddy Walk

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Reid Park Demeester Bandshell, Country Club, between Broadway & 22nd
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
FREE

The Buddy Walk was developed in 1995 to promote awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome and to raise money for research and education programs. The Buddy Walk Program has expanded from 17 walks the first year to more than 250 last year. Today, the Buddy Walk Program is supported nationally by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and locally organized and hosted by SANDS. The Tucson Buddy Walk is the primary fundraiser and awareness-building event for the Southern…

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SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

November 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 10, 2024

Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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The board of directors for Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. The first 10 minutes of every meeting is open to the public. There is no board meeting in January. Each attendee is responsible for purchasing their own meal.

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Tucson Buddy Walk Committee Meeting

November 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until October 15, 2024

East Coast Super Subs, 187 N Park Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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The committee meets March to November, to plan every aspect of the Tucson Buddy Walk, from food to entertainment. Planning meetings are on the 3rd Monday of the month, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. We meet at East Coast Super Subs (187 N. Park Avenue). Please let us know if you'll be joining us so we can have an agenda and materials for you. If you have been out soliciting donations, please make sure to update the Google sheets document.…

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My Gym Northwest Play Group

November 22 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on September 13, 2019 at 5:15pm

One event on October 25, 2019 at 5:15pm

One event on November 22, 2019 at 5:15pm

My Gym, 7942 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 87504 United States
FREE

For everyone with Down syndrome 10 years and younger. Come and play! Siblings welcome. Sponsored by SANDS.

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December 2019

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

December 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 10, 2024

Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
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The board of directors for Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. The first 10 minutes of every meeting is open to the public. There is no board meeting in January. Each attendee is responsible for purchasing their own meal.

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February 2020

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

February 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 10, 2024

Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
+ Google Map

The board of directors for Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. The first 10 minutes of every meeting is open to the public. There is no board meeting in January. Each attendee is responsible for purchasing their own meal.

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March 2020

SANDS Board of Directors Meeting

March 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until December 10, 2024

Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, 3242 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 United States
+ Google Map

The board of directors for Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS) meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. The first 10 minutes of every meeting is open to the public. There is no board meeting in January. Each attendee is responsible for purchasing their own meal.

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