13th Annual

Buddy Walk of the Valley

DSAV’s main fundraiser is the Buddy Walk® of the Valley. Each year, more than 2,500 people attend this symbolic walk that raises money via pledges, sponsors and entrance fees.


Buddy Walk® of the Valley 2020 is Sunday, September 20, 2020. Registration for 2020 is now open.

Six ways to participate in DSAV’s

2020 Buddy Walk® of the Valley:

1. Create your own team.

  • Form a team in spring of 2020.

  • Recruit teammates who collect pledges.

  • Pick up t-shirts for your team at the DSAV office.

  • Turn in money to DSAV.

2. Join an already-formed team.

  • Join a team in spring of 2020.

  • Collect pledges.

  • Turn in your money to your team captain.

  • Get your t-shirt from your team captain.


3. Ask to be placed on the DSAV home team.

  • DSAV has its own team, made up of individuals who don’t have other team placements.

  • Collect pledges.

  • Turn in your money to DSAV office.

  • Pick up your t-shirt at the DSAV office.


4. Be a DSAV supporter by attending the event!

  • Pay $13 entrance fee at the gate.


5. Be a sponsor.

  • Join the businesses and individuals who sponsor this event every year!

6. Host a family activity.

  • Club and businesses are invited to host their own free family activity.

  • Display brochures at table.


250 Buddy Walk® events in the Nation
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. The event, which now is hosted by more than 250 organizations, has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States and the world's most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community.

Buddy Walk® of the Mahoning Valley

2019 Platinum and Gold Sponsors




See all 2019 sponsors here.


More Buddy Walk® 2017 Photos by American Sweetheart Photography

Buddy Walk® 2016 Photos by American Sweetheart Photography