Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona Announces its 10th Annual Buddy Walk: Funds Support Sharing's Mission to Provide Parental Support for Children with Down Syndrome

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On Saturday, 10/17/2009, Sharing Down Syndrome AZ will be hosting its 10th annual Buddy Walk. The Buddy Walk is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit group and funds raised enable them to provide parental support programs at no cost to new parents.

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On Saturday, October 17, 2009, over 2,000 people from around Arizona will come together to celebrate the 10th Annual Buddy Walk, hosted by Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona! Participants can register online by visiting Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona. "Buddy Teams" can be created and viewed on the team list page."

The event will take place at the SRP Pera Club Park located at 1 East Continental Drive in Tempe, AZ 85281. Onsite registration opens at 7:30 am with the walk and other family activities starting at 9:00 and continuing through 11:30 am. The annual event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona, a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that gives free support and education to parents with children who have Down syndrome.

Buddy Walk participants will be able to enjoy a wide range of family friendly activities including: a one-mile, stroller friendly walk, the famous Phoenix Suns' Gorilla, the wild and crazy DJ Ron providing music and fun, award assembly recognizing an outstanding Down syndrome citizen, smoothies, game booths, moon bounces, cotton candy, ice cream, snow cones and face painting.

Buddy Walk 2009 Details:

  • 7:30 am - Registration
  • 9:00 to 9:30 am - Phoenix Suns Gorilla Arrives/Flag and Awards Ceremony
  • 9:30 am - Buddy Walk Begins
  • 9:45 to 11:30 am - Family Fun time with Continental Breakfast

The Non-Profit: Sharing Down Syndrome

Gina Johnson, founder and president of Sharing Down Syndrome, created the organization in 1991 to provide support for parents and families of children with Down syndrome. These services include newsletters, support meetings, play groups, holiday parties, new parent dinners, new parent welcome folders created and distributed to all 47 birthing hospitals in the state, personal visits by trained parent-to-parent volunteers with a new parent gift package filled with items meant to educate and empower those who have children with Down syndrome. The New Parent Gift Packages include: books, tapes, CDs, DVDs, and a bumper sticker that reads, "My Kid Has More Chromosomes than Your Kid!"

For More Information:

For more information on Buddy Walk 2009 or Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona contact Rachel Hanzuk at gina (at) SharingDS (dot) org or 480-926-6500. Or view organization information online at


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