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 2015 worldwide.
In 2014, nearly $13 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.
visit website: NDSS.org/Buddy-Walk
Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1974 to act as a support service for the families in McLean County and in Central Illinois who had been touched by Down syndrome. CIDSO was founded by Bill and Diane Crutcher, along with Steve and Penny Schimpler.
visit website: CIDSO.org