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Buddy Walk FAQs

Date: Our walk is Sunday, Oct 17th, 2021
Where: Etiwan Park, Daniel Island, SC
Time: 1pm-4pm, the walk itself will be at 3pm
Cost: Registration is $10. Registration includes a t-shirt and event activities, and it makes each registrant eligible to win online and fundraising prizes. Participants with Down Syndrome can register for free!

What will Buddy Walk look like this year?
We are back in person (YEA!) but a little different than in years past. We will have live music on stage while families/teams picnic on the park field in front of the stage. At 3pm, we will do our usual walk through the neighborhood led (we hope) by marching bands and cheerleaders. Stay tuned here and on social media for updates on event activities!

Why are we raising money?
A portion of the funds will support the National Down Syndrome Society but the rest will serve as our budget for the year for all of the events and opportunities for our DSAL members. See more here.

Do I have to create a team?
Many families create a team celebrating their family member with DS. You do not have to create a team but it is a great way to get friends and family members involved in the day. Donations can always be made directly to DSAL on the main Buddy Walk page and need not be tied to an individual team. Multiple DSAL families are welcome to make a joint team together as well.

Do we have to make team t-shirts?
Whether your team makes its own shirts is up to you. When people register for the walk, that will include a buddy walk t-shirt. Some teams make team t-shirts, and what or if you charge your team members for them is up to you. The Hoove ( often gives our group a good price on shirts, but it's up to you if you want to do a team shirt or not. Everyone who registers for the walk will get a buddy walk t-shirt.

How do I create a team?
Go to our Buddy Walk home page. Click on “Register”. This will walk you through the process. From there, you can add personalized information to your page (story, picture, etc.) and set a fundraising goal. For detailed support on personalizing your team page, click here.
When your page is completed, you can share the link to your Team Page on social media or email it to friends and family. With that link, folks can donate to DSAL under your team, join your team (this registers them for the walk), and even create a personal page for themselves to fund-raise for your team. 
If you run into trouble with creating your team, please let me know at

What do we do the day of the walk?
Please stay tuned on our webpage, Facebook, and Instagram for virtual events, social media challenges, and other fundraising incentives!


Memory lane...Check out this great video from Buddy Walk 2016.