2014 Chicago Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome | 10/12/14 #ChiBuddyWalk

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I received registration to this event in exchange for sharing this information with you. All opinions are my own.


I’m so excited to tell everyone that the 2014 Chicago Buddy Walk is THIS Sunday!

I had no idea and just found out! I’m so excited because we missed the first two. Even though Jack is almost 2.5 years old, we are still pretty new to all things Down Syndrome. I’ve seen tons of pictures on social media of all the Buddy Walks all over the US but was never able to ‘catch’ one. Since October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I’ve been searching different Down Syndrome hashtags on Instagram and twitter and I’ve been seeing that some areas already did their Buddy Walk so I decided to Google the Chicago Buddy Walk and found out that I just about missed it! I’m posting this now in hopes that if you live in the Chicago area, you still have time to register and join us in the 2014 Chicago Buddy Walk.

Here’s why I want to participate in the Buddy Walk…
2014 Chicago Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome | 10/12/14 #ChiBuddyWalk

Haven’t Heard of The Buddy Walk®?

The main goal of the Buddy Walk is to raise Down Syndrome funds, awareness and inclusion and to positively influence local and national policies and practices. All funds raised through the National Buddy Walk Program support both local and national programs. The Buddy Walk Program started back in 1995 and was first in Chicago in 2002 with only 400 walkers. In 2013 the Buddy Walk events raised more than $12 million to benefit national education and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services.

“It’s very important to raise awareness and make a difference for people with Down syndrome by participating
in a Buddy Walk. The focus is not on our disabilities, but on our abilities that count,” said Actor and NDSS
Goodwill Ambassador Chris Burke. “At the Buddy Walk, we all walk together.”

2014 Chicago Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome | 10/12/14 #ChiBuddyWalk

2014 Chicago Buddy Walk Schedule

The 12th Annual Chicagoland Buddy Walk will be taking place THIS Sunday, October 12th in Cantigny park which is located in Wheaton. If you’re not familiar with Wheaton, it’s about 25 miles west of Chicago. Over 5000 people are expected to walk this year! The event will be from 11am to 3pm with the actual walk taking place at 2:15pm.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 11am: DJ
  • 12 Noon – 12:30: Chrome 47 (band)
  • 12:30 – 1pm: Special Gifts Theatre
  • 1pm – 2pm: Rachel Coleman from Signing Time
  • 2pm: Announcements
  • 2:15pm: WALK!! (Don’t forget to get your team photo taken!)
  • 3pm: Raffles close. Winners will be announced at the bandstand and must be present to win.

Keep your eyes open for the mascots from Kane County Cougars, Chicago White Sox (GO CUBS!) and Chicago Black Hawks. This is going to be so much fun!

Registration Info

There’s still time to register!

  • Registration for adults is $15 per person
  • Registration for children is $12 per person.

Registration includes a t-shirt, park entrance and access to all games and entertainment.

Register online at www.chicagolandbuddywalk.org or by calling 815-272-1068.

Of course everyone is welcome, the more the merrier!


Down Syndrome Facts

Since I’ve got you… I thought I would throw in a few Down Syndrome facts

  • Everybody has two copies of each chromosome. In a person with Down Syndrome, they have a third copy of the 21st Chromosome.
  • 1 in every 691 babies is born with Down Syndrome.
  • The risk of having a child born with Down Syndrome increases with the mothers age but due to higher fertility rates in young women, 80% of children born with DS are born to women under 35 years old. I was 36.
  • People with Down Syndrome have a higher risk for medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions, although people with Down Syndrome can still lead healthy lives.


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Hope to see you there!


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    What a great event. I would totally walk if I lived closer 🙂

  2. What a wonderful event. We have a niece with Down Syndrome out in California and every year they do a similar walk that we donate too. Great event for a great cause.

  3. This sounds like an awesome event. Down’s Syndrome definitely needs more awareness!

  4. What a great event! Our town just had one last week!

  5. What an adorable tour guide! I would totally do the Buddy Walk if it came to MI. My aunts nephew had Downs and he passed away a few years ago. Joey was always such a joy to be around. My aunts family is full of folks who have devoted their lives to taking care of DS children either through adoption, foster, starting a small school and becoming teachers.

  6. Christina says:

    I wish that had this event closer to me. I would definitely attend. Great cause to walk for!

  7. I think walking/running for a cause is always a great way to raise awareness. I would love to take part in something such as this.

  8. I have participated at the Buddy Walk in Kansas City. It was a wonderful experience to be there to support my friend and her daughter.

  9. Your “tour guide” is super adorable. It’s great that you do things like this to support your son!

  10. We have a buddy walk here in Orlando too! Such a great way to give a little bit of your time for a fun day!

  11. I’ve never heard of the Buddy Walk. It is a great cause!

  12. What a great event. Such a good cause.

  13. What an awesome event to participate in. I love how many people plan to turn out!

  14. Sounds like a super fun way to spend a day! That is awesome so many are going!

  15. What a great cause! I love when places do walks for a cause that really matters! I hope they raise a lot of awareness!

  16. I haven’t heard of it until just now. It is a great cause though, and most everyone can walk!

  17. I am very happy you did not miss the Buddy walk in your area. It is a great way to spread awareness. I hope you have a great day for the walk.

  18. What a wonderful cause. Im so glad you were able to find this walk. Your boy is beautiful.

  19. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Little baby Jack is just too cute! I would love him as my tour guide too!

  20. I’m glad that you shared this information with me. I’ve never heard of the buddy walks but I would love to participate in one. It’s a great way to show my children how everyone is the same inside.

  21. Well you sure do have an adorable tour guide! What a fantastic event.

  22. What a sweet picture and great mission! I love it when there are great causes to get behind.

  23. I love that they have the buddy walks. I would love to do something like that with my boys. I wish they had something like this in CALI

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