Buddy Walk

Buddy Walk

Join us Sunday, September 27, for a day of family fun and festivities celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of Mainers with Down syndrome!  Maine Down Syndrome Network is proud to sponsor our 15th Annual walk at Payson Park, Portland and our 6th Annual walk at Capitol Park, Augusta.


 obrionfamilybw2014The O’Brion Family, 2014 Top Fundraising Team, Team Zach Attack

Check In/Registration begins at 11:30 am, Welcome & Awards at 12:30, Walk at 1:00 and Lunch begins at 1:30.  Activities, games and entertainment will be ongoing all day!

Registration fees are $15 for an adult (18 and over), $5 for children (1-17) and free for our honored guests, Mainers with Down syndrome.  The fee includes a t-shirt (when pre-registered by 9/1), lunch, games, entertainment and a great day of fun!   Don’t forget to bring a little extra for our fun awareness items, fabulous raffles and pre-walk snacks.

Please form or join a team!  Come up with a great name, encouage your family and friends to join with you, and fundraise!  A team is any 2 or more people who have registered for the walk and raised more than $250.

Team Prizes

We’re excited to offer our teams new incentives this year!  Please note Incentives will be awarded based on your team totals on September 1, 2015.

$250 – Six (6) MDSN waterbottles

$500 – Eight (8) MDSN waterbottles and Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders)   for all members registered by 9/1.

$750 – Ten (10) MDSN waterbottles, Ten (10) MDSN string backpacks and Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders)for all members registered by 9/1.

$1000  – Twelve (12) MDSN waterbottles, Twelve (12) MDSN string backpacks, Team t-shirts (colored shirt with your team name across shoulders)for all members registered by 9/1 and Awareness banner with your buddy’s picture.

And, as in the past, we will also award team prizes at each site on the day of the walk.  Our most coveted top prize will be awarded to the top fundraising team overall, but we’ll also award prizes for the top fundraising team at each site, the team with the most spirit, the biggest team, and the team from furthest away!

*The top team prize will be determined at 12am September 26, 2014, and will be based on team donation totals on Firstgiving.  If offline donation amounts are included in these totals, they must be received and verifyed at check-in on walk day.  MDSN reserves the right to pick an alternate winner if it becomes necessary.


To register,form or join a team and make your own fundraising page, please visit our firstgiving page.  Once there, click the green “Join Now” button.  If you simply wish to make a general donation, please click the “Donate” button.


If you are a team captain, please read our team captain page for key information and helpful tips.


If you wish to collect pledges in person, we ask that you record them on our pledge form.  All pledges collected must be placed in an sealed envelope with the pledge form attached, and turned in at the registration/check-in table at each walk site.