12th Annual Buddy Walk 2013

Ready…Set…Walk! It’s time to celebrate this fun filled day with family and friends and celebrate all individuals with Down Syndrome!  We will have activities the whole family can enjoy such as a petting zoo, moon bounces, fun games, entertainment, food, speakers, and much, much more!  Awards for the “Top Fundraising Team” and “Most Creative” will be announced shortly following the walk.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will be hosting it’s 12th Annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, September 21, 2013 near the band shell at Baker Park, located near beautiful downtown Frederick, Maryland.

Check-in/Registration begins at 11:00 am.  Walk begins at 1:00 pm.  When you check-in/register, you will receive your tee shirt(s).

The approx. one mile/one-block walk begins and ends at the band shell in Baker Park.


FRIENDS would like to thank everyone for coming out Saturday and making the 12th Annual Buddy Walk the best one yet!  Click here to read the article in the Frederick News Post.

Buddy Walk pictures will be posted here soon.


Back again this year, we will be able to accept MASTERCARD and VISA at registration!

2012 Buddy Walk People


Click here to download the 12th Annual Buddy Walk Brochure/Registration Form.

Click here to download the Buddy Walk Sponsorship Program.

Click here to download the Buddy Walk 411 Information Sheets.

Click here for a letter size Buddy Walk poster – 8-1/2″ x 11″

Click here for a letter size Buddy Walk poster – 11″ x 17″.

Click here to download the single sheet Registration Agreement similar to the brochure.

Click here to download the Pledge Form (which can be copied as needed).

If you are having difficulty viewing the brochure, please click the link below to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.


Click logo or here to go to the registration page for the walk through CROWDRISE.



Click here for a layout of the grounds at Baker Park the day of the Buddy Walk.


Click here to see the path around the park that we will be walking.


Want to volunteer at the Buddy Walk?  Please click here to sign up.


We will also be handing out two awards at this years Buddy Walk.  The first award will be for “TOP FUNDRAISING TEAM”.  The second award will be for “MOST CREATIVE”.  This year will be “Most Creative TBD“.  Future Buddy Walks this will change to other things.  You will have bragging rights for one year, then the awards will need to be returned to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. prior to the next Buddy Walk and will be awarded again.



Again this year, we are pleased to have local organizations and businesses exhibit their services at the Buddy Walk.  Also, we will have vendors selling an array of goods.  The vendors will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  Some of the items may include Fashion Jewelry/Accessories, Handcrafted Sterling Silver Jewelry, Personalized Stationary, Scrapbooking, Food Products/Cookware, Candles, Beauty Products, Personalized Bags, Baked Goods, Honey and Fairy Gardens.  So, start your holiday shopping early.



They did such a great job last year that we asked them back again!  Music and entertainment this year will be provided by Jack Bacorn of PHD Sound Systems.  “Jack has been working in the industry for over 19 years. … Jack also has experience as a club DJ (Ivy Tower, Bridal Veil Falls, and The Palace in Provo, Utah).  He also has worked in radio as executive producer and on air personality at KSRR radio in Orem, Utah.” (www.phdsound.com)




We would like to thank some of our corporate sponsors for helping make last year’s Buddy Walk the best yet!


Click here for map of parking garages.  The locations are:

The Court Street garage is located at 2 S. Court St. and is accessible from S. Court St. and Citizens Way.

The Church Street garage is located at 17 E. Church St. and is accessible from E. Church St. and off of the 100 block of N.Market St. behind the Brewery Pub and Restaurant. (ALERT – May still be closed for renovation by the Buddy Walk.)

The Carroll Creek Garage is located at 44 E. Patrick St. next to the C. Burr Arts Library and is accessible from the 1 st block of E. Patrick St. and off of the 1 st block of S. Market St.

The West Patrick Street garage is located at 138 W. Patrick St. next to the Fredrick County Courthouse on the west side, and is accessible from 2nd block of W. Patrick St. and the first block of S. Court St.

The East All Saints Street Garage and is located at 125 East All Saints Street on the corner of East All Saints and South Carroll Street.  (exerpt from www.cityoffrederick.com)


The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals.

The Buddy Walk is now in its eighteenth year.  What started in 1995 as 17 walks has grown to more than 250 walk across the country and around the world.  Last year alone, 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk and collectively they raised over $11 million to benefit local programs and services and NDSS national advocacy initiatives.

The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join a Buddy Walk in your local community!

For more information on the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Buddy Walk click here.


F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is a Down Syndrome Advocacy Group of parents re-formed in 1999 in Frederick County, Maryland to:

– Be a support and resource group for expectant parents, new parents and extended families of babies born with Down syndrome;

– Provide age-appropriate activities for our children and their friends;

– Advocate for community awareness and acceptance;

– Have monthly meetings with professional speakers experienced in issues relative to Down syndrome;

We meet monthly at the Middletown United Methodist Church at 6:30 PM to share the joys and challenges of parenting.

Please come out and join us!

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