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The Down Syndrome Society of Wichita
Buddy WalkŪ - Celebrating 11 Years!

Saturday, October 11, 2014
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cessna Stadium at W.S.U.
(21st and Hillside in Wichita)

REGISTRATION FEE through September 15: $10 per person
(includes a FREE Buddy Walk t-shirt!)

REGISTRATION FEE after September 16: $10 per person
(does not include a Buddy Walk t-shirt)

REGISTRATION FEE at the Buddy Walk: $10 per person
(does not include a Buddy Walk t-shirt)

**Children ages 3 and under do not need a registration unless you would like to order him/her a t-shirt (if prior to September 15).
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The Down Syndrome Society of Wichita proudly welcomes you to our Buddy Walk website! Over the past eleven years, we have watched the Wichita Buddy Walk grow into the BIG celebration it is today! Last year's Buddy Walk was a huge success! We had nearly 2,000 walkers and raised more than $85,000!

Thank you for your continued support in helping us improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. This fun family event would not be possible without our participants, sponsors, and the dedication of our Buddy Walk Committee. We are looking forward to a great day of celebration.
Bring lawn chairs to sit in the game area while your kids play!_______________________________________________________

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

BUDDY WALK T-SHIRT PICKUP:
DSSW Office - located at 9415 E. Harry Street, Suite 706 (Harry and Webb)

Sunday, October 5 -- 1pm to 4pm
Monday, October 6 -- 10am to 3pm
Tuesday, October 7 - 10am to 3pm


(Teams can submit cash/check donations at any of the t-shirt pickup days.)

FUNDRAISING DEADLINE FOR PRIZES:
Tuesday, October 7 -- Deadline for teams to submit money to qualify for fundraising prizes and deadline for team registrations to qualify for "Most Walkers" prize.
(Online donations/registrations count up to 11:59pm on October 7, 2014.**Please click on the TEAM CAPTAIN PACKET link above (on the left side of this page, under INFORMATION) to view prize levels and other helpful information!

REQUEST FOR PHOTOS!
Each year we place photos of all participants with Down syndrome along the one-mile walking path of the Buddy Walk. So, once again we are asking that you send us your favorite photo of your loved one. The deadline is September 15, 2014.

If you are interested, please choose one of the following options:
  • Mail ONE 8x10 photo of your child to:
    DSSW Buddy Walk Photos, 9415 E. Harry St., Suite 706, Wichita, KS 67207

  • Email a photo to Dana Gorges-Kivett at dmgorges@sbcglobal.net
NOTE: Please include your child's name, age, city, and state with your photo entry.

Photos will be taken off of the signs immediately following the walk and will be available for you to pick up at the "PHOTO PICKUP TABLE". We ask that you please do not take the actual SIGN/STAKES the day of the walk as we reuse these each year. Thank you in advance for your support!

***SPECIAL MEMORIAL SECTION: A special note for our families who have lost a loved one with Down syndrome - Each year, along our walkway path, we also have a special section to honor and remember those who are no longer with us. If you would like to have a sign honoring your loved one in our special memorial section, please send your request (photo, special notes, dates, etc.) to the above address or email. We look forward to having you join us on this very special day!

BE A BUDDY WALK VOLUNTEER:
Sign up to volunteer at the Buddy Walk by clicking on the blue VOLUNTEER tab above (on the left side). Be sure to select your t-shirt size! If you have any questions, please contact Mary McComas at volunteer.dsswbw@gmail.com.

BE A BUDDY WALK SPONSOR:
If you know of an individual or business who would like to be a Buddy Walk sponsor, please contact Rebecca McCaulley at president@dsswichita.org.




The Buddy WalkŪ was created 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 over 250 walks expected for 2014 worldwide. In 2013, more than $11.75 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.