The Tucson Buddy Walk

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 Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS).  The Tucson Buddy Walk is an extended family picnic for the entire community that features exhibits, food, entertainment, a raffle and silent auction.  Although the Tucson Buddy Walk is less than one mile, it is the largest walk of its kind in Southern Arizona and anyone can participate without special training.

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How YOU Can Help

This inspirational and educational event celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.  It is designed to foster community involvement and have long-lasting, positive impacts on the Southern Arizona community.
Here are some possible ways that you could support us:
  • Organize a team to celebrate your loved one with Down syndrome and invite your friends and family to join
  • Organize a company team to participate
  • Offer an in-kind donation of your products or services for the Tucson Buddy Walk (e.g. refreshments for participants, product samples, music, etc.)
  • Provide monetary donations to fund ongoing programs and services
Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join the Tucson Buddy Walk!