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Back To The Beach!

Help Us Raise Awareness & Funds for Our Loved Ones with Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville is excited to host our 19th Annual Buddy Walk®. This year, Buddy Walk is heading back to the beach! Our walk will be held on Saturday, October 16, at the Jacksonville Beach SeaWalk Pavilion. 

Last year, the virtual Buddy Walk raised more than $240,000 thanks to countless generous contributions from our community! As we look toward 2021’s event, we plan to host more than 3,500 participants from across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, which will provide great publicity and recognition for our sponsors. As always, the day will be centered on celebrating individuals with Down syndrome as well as their families and friends. The walk is one mile down beautiful Jacksonville Beach and back. Our Buddy Walk celebration promises good times, great food, entertainment, carnival games and attractions, and much more!

BACK TO THE BEACH – 19TH ANNUAL BUDDY WALK

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Delicious Food Awards Face Painting Carnival Games Prizes Music Entertainment 

10:00 AM — 2:00 PM

Entertainment & Carnival Games 

Food will be available for purchase from multiple vendors 

10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Meet & Greet – Walk Registration 

12:30 PM

Opening Ceremonies 

1:00 PM

Let the Walk Begin! 

MEET MALACHI

Malachi was our second miracle baby born on January 16, 2020. We knew he was going to be small, but we had no idea what else God had in store for us. 

At 10 days old, we got genetic testing back and were told he had Trisomy 21. Nervous, scared, worried, anxious and challenging are all words that immediately came to mind after the diagnosis. The day the geneticist spoke to us at the hospital, she gave us information about the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ), and I reached out that day! In the thick of a NICU stay and brand-new diagnosis, I wanted support. 

The DSAJ invited us to the office as soon as we wanted to go! Debbie sat down with me and Malachi and discussed how their organization is here to help us. Suddenly I didn’t feel alone, and my worries were eased. The road is different, the therapies and appointments are frequent, but the love Malachi shows to everyone is evident and strong. 

The DSAJ has provided financial support to our family, emotional support during hard times, and even a yummy treat basket post-surgery for our family. I am so grateful to have such an active organization in our city to support us on this EXTRA ordinary journey. Malachi’s life is nothing short of incredible! His smile lights up a room, his laugh is contagious, and the love he has for everyone is bigger than one could imagine! He is the toughest little guy I know, and I’m excited to have him grow up with the DSAJ community surrounding and supporting him! 

2021 Buddy Walk Incentives & Contests 

Star Club

The first 16 teams that raise $6,000 will be awarded a private tent and seating for your team! This space will accommodate up to 50 people. Deadline is Friday, September 25, 2021. 

If your virtual team raises $6,000 you will be awarded a custom Big Card in the Yard display for your front yard on the day of our virtual walk. Deadline is Friday, September 25, 2021. 

 

#ThisisME

Raise $1,600 for your team and your loved one with Down syndrome will receive a personalized sign that will be prominently at the 2021 Buddy Walk celebration for everyone to see them SHINE! 2021 DSAJ Buddy Walk signs will include the individual’s photo of choice, name and Buddy Walk team name. (Teams may keep the signs after the Walk. One sign per team.) 

If your virtual team raises $1,600 you will be awarded a custom Big Card in the Yard display for your front yard on the day of our virtual walk. Deadline is Friday, September 25, 2021. 

 

Lucky Star

Each team that raises $2,000 or more will go into a drawing for a private tent. One lucky winner will be awarded a private tent and seating for up to 50 members of your team! Deadline is Friday, September 25, 2021.

50 Walkers for Awareness

Teams that register 50 or more walkers online by September 25, 2021 will have their name prominently displayed on a 50+ Walkers Banner at the Buddy Walk. 

2021 T-shirt Colors

Where Does The Money Go?

All of the proceeds from the DSAJ’s Annual Buddy Walk events go directly back to the association.

DSAJ uses the proceeds for:

Funding Assistance For:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Computer Tutoring
  • ABA
  • IEP Assistance

Improving & Expanding Services

  • DSAJ’s Employment Initiative
  • Medical Outreach
  • Social Skills Programs
  • New Parent Outreach
  • Social Opportunities
  • Family Educational Opportunities
  • Advocacy/Gov. Affairs

Wellness & Fitness Programs

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • STARZ Dance Team
  • Weight Watchers
  • Down To Box