The Buddy Walk was established by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down syndrome Awareness Month in October. It is a walk that anyone can participate in without special training.

The Buddy Walk has three primary goals: to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome; to raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs; and to enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively in uence local and national policy and practice.

Our walk is held at Markham Park, 16001 W State Rd 84, Sunrise, FL 33326 in the month of October. We have a light breakfast, lunch and lots of entertainment…a DJ, rock wall, bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, etc.

Check back for this year date and time.

2016 Buddy Walk Update

Approximately 1,600 participants attended the 2016 Walk & 5K Run which raised approximately $97,000. Wow! Gold Coast cannot thank everyone enough, who sponsored, online fundraising teams, donated, volunteers and walked in support of Gold Coast. All Teams did a great job fundraising. Thank you for your time putting your team together and raising funds.

These are our top 5 Teams. You all did an amazing job!
Team Talay – $6,500.00
Cameron’s Crew 2016 – $5,003.00
Strides for Stefanos – $4,275.00
Steven’s Superstars – $4,250.00
Chads Buddies 2016 – $3,550,00