Save the Date


2019 Buddy Walk

September 14, 2019

Registration opens on June 15th.


Our 2018 Buddy Walk raised over $95,000!

Thank you to all family and friends who attended this years Buddy Walk! Over 1,300 people attended and a great day was had by all! With the combination of corporate sponsorships, team donations, silent auction, raffle & merchandise proceeds, the Buddy Walk broke last year’s fundraising record! The 2018 Buddy Walk raised $95,000! We appreciate all of you who took the time to raise money so that DSANI can continue to bring you programs, activities, outreach, education and advocacy efforts that we have become known for. See you all again at next years Buddy Walk!

 Top 10 Teams for 2018

1. Team Nolan – $8,086.00

2. Team Claire Bear – $3,251.81

3. Team DarbStar – $2,783.75

4. Team Thomas – $2,712.70

5. Ben’s Friends – $2,581.70

6. Addison’s Heart Throbs – $2,540.00

7. Carter’s Champions – $2,395.00

8. Cole’s Crew – $2,169.45

9. Avery’s Peeps – $2,000.35

10. Chloe’s Crew – $1,639.50


About the DSANI Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk® is a walk in which anyone can participate without special training. The walk route is approximately 1.2 miles along downtown Fort Wayne streets around Parkview Field.  September 8, 2018 has been declared DSANI BUDDY WALK® DAY in Fort Wayne! This acceptance and advocacy Walk is also an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you are living with Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, we would love for you to join us for the 20th Annual Buddy Walk at Parkview Field.

The DSANI Buddy Walk® is the second largest Buddy Walk® in Indiana! The Buddy Walk® is a trademarked program that was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to assist local parent groups in their advocacy efforts. With more than 275 walks taking place in our city and around the country and abroad, we are able to speak with a unified and stronger voice in creating awareness and acceptance of Down syndrome. Once you cross the “Finish Line”, the dance party begins with activities and entertainment. Fun is sure to be had by all!

Our 2018 Buddy Walk fundraising goal is $92,000 which will help us enhance the lives of people living with Down syndrome, advocate on their behalf, provide information and support to families and professionals and promote acceptance and inclusion. Because DSANI receives no local, federal or state funding, the success of our organization is largely dependent on the success of the Buddy Walk®.  We need your help to make this year’s Buddy Walk the best one yet!  We can’t wait to share the day with you!


Thank You Our 2018 Sponsors

Beckman Lawson, Dr. George Cooper, IPMG, Leonard J. Andorfer, The O’Neill Family, Prevail Prosthetics & Orthodontics, The Zacher Company, Kids Healthcare, Ramos Apparel and Design, It Is Music Time!, and Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 166


Elijah, 19, from Decatur, Indiana, is the youngest of nine children. Elijah graduated in 2017 from Adams Central High School. For three years during his high school career, he was the manager of the varsity basketball team. His senior year of high school he was crowned Homecoming King. Elijah has played on the Agape Baseball League since he was just 4 years old! He also participates in their Buddy Bowling program. He has been a member of the Soul Brothers with Premier Dance Company for three years. After high school, Elijah attended GiGi University. He currently volunteers at Adams Central as the PE teacher’s aide and library assistant. His lifetime dream is to open his own book store.

Elijah enjoys playing basketball, baseball, football, and board games with his family. His favorite team is Purdue. He is an avid WWE fanatic, with his favorite wrestler being Randy Orton. He enjoys listening to country music and meeting up with the boys for a night of bowling, fishing, or rodeos! Elijah also enjoys traveling, with his favorite destination being Branson, Missouri.