27th Annual DSA Los Angeles Buddy Walk
Be sure to mark your calendar for October 09, 2021, and join us for the 27th annual DSALA Virtual Buddy Walk®! The 2021 Buddy Walk is going virtual to ensure everyone’s safety during the pandemic. Although we won’t be able to gather in person this year, we can still celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome.
Plan to join us on Saturday, October 9th at 10 AM….from anywhere. Our live-streamed broadcast will be full of fun!
The Buddy Walk® program was established to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The Buddy Walk is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to walk — or support a walker — and raise funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles and the National Down Syndrome Society.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) receives no funding from the state or federal government and is 100% donor funded. The programs and events of the DSALA are free or low cost to children and adults with Down syndrome and their siblings. Each year, the DSALA must raise almost $250,000 to provide these vital services. The Buddy Walk is one of our largest fundraising event and is responsible for raising 30% of the funds needed to operate each year. Seven percent of the money raised through the Buddy Walk supports the National Down Syndrome Society who works to ensure members of the Down syndrome community have a voice at the national level. The remaining funds that are raised support our local efforts and cover the cost of the event.
The health, safety, and well-being of everyone in the Down syndrome community is a priority at all times. Please know that we are carefully following health guidelines as it relates to COVID-19, and we will keep everyone informed should we need to make any changes to the event.
Sponsorships and Partners
DSALA is grateful to each and every community partner for supporting the 2021 Los Angeles Buddy Walk®. Your sponsorship allows DSALA to continue to support new and expectant parents; outreach to the medical and education communities; expand parent support group activities; facilitate parent education and much more to enhance the lives of individuals born with Down syndrome.