Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan

The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan is excited for the 2018 Buddy Walk! It is the largest Down syndrome fundraising and awareness event in Southeast Michigan. The Buddy Walk is a family-friendly event open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters. As a direct result of event sponsorship, team fundraising and generous public donations, Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan is able to continue providing New Parent Packets, educational resources, informational programs, parent support networks, and social events for individuals with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has three primary goals:

• To promote acceptance & inclusion of people with Down syndrome
• To raise funds locally for education, research and advocacy programs
• To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to
positively influence local and national policy and practice. 

This year we are pleased to announce that TV star, Sean McElwee will join us. He will be signing autographs!!!

Walk Information

Saturday September 22, 2018


Registration Fees:

Individual with Down syndrome: Free

Adults: $20.00

Children: $10.00

Children 2 yrs & under: Free

Hero signs: $25.00 each - E-mail your order by

Sept. 7th to *See note below


Walk Day Schedule - 7:30-12:00


7:30 a.m.: Registration Begins at the Zoo's Front Gate


Important Note:  Regular Detroit Zoo ticket pricing will apply at 10:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m:  Zoo Gates Open to Buddy Walkers


Please proceed directly to the event pavilion south of the Holden Reptile House.


8:45 a.m: **Walk Begins**


9:30 a.m.11:00 a.m: Announcements & Award Ceremony in the pavilion


10:30 a.m.: Pick up "Hero Signs" from the stage area in the pavilion


11:00 a.m. - Tin Can Raffle & 50/50 Raffle Drawings



Other Happenings in the Pavilion Area:


8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m:

  • Team Pictures - Each team will be assigned a specific time.
  • Vendors, community resources, new parent booth, entertainment, and more!


Buddy Walk concludes


Please enjoy all that the zoo has to offer for the remainder of the day.

Hero Signs
*Hero Signs: Order your personalized Celebration Signs to support your hero with Ds for $25 a sign. 30 characters max.

E-mail your order by Sept. 7th to ensure they will be printed and placed along the walk route for your hero to see. When the walk is finished, our volunteers will collect them and put them in front of the stage for your pick up. Use signs during team pictures, post them on your team's table to identify your team’s home-base. They make great bedroom art too! Examples: “Gram & Pa Love You Timmy” or “You are our Hero, Christian”. Enjoy them for years to come.

Thank You Sponsors! Click on the logos to visit their websites.


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36 Teams

204 Walkers
33 days 15 hours 53 minutes 58 seconds
Until The FUN Begins!!
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