A big thanks to our friends at the Buddy Walk® for sponsoring this conversation.
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…
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 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!
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.
Connect with Chicagoland Buddy Walk!
- For more information on the Chicago Buddy Walk or any other info, visit the Chicagoland Buddy Walk website.
- You can find the Chicagoland Buddy Walk on Facebook.
- Follow along this weekend with the #ChiBuddyWalk hashtag on Instagram and Twitter!
Hope to see you there!