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Our Sponsors


Please make your check payable to:
Up With Down
P.O. Box 8082 ~ Des Moines, Iowa 50301



Thank you to all friends, family and new acquaintances who made this year's walk a success!

Congratulations Team Carin' for Callen for being super stars!

We'll post the grand total of $$$ raised as soon as we have it.

We hope you'll join us next year for the 16th annual Buddy Walk!

1st Place Team Rewards

Team Carin for Callen are our winners!
VIP Tent with tables & chairs
Soft drinks and Juice Boxes
Toys R Us Gift Card
Thank you to all of our teams for participating!
(Online registration will remain open.)



Early t-shirt ordering has ended!

There will be t-shirt sales the day of the walk, while supplies last.



We are raffling an iPad again this year!  

Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20.  

(Winner need not be present.)


5k participants must register online.

Onsite registration will not be available for the 5k.

Lunch along with refreshments will be provided to registered participants.

You must register in order to receive a ticket for lunch.

This year's t-shirts!

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One of a Kind Silent Auction Item

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About Up With Down


Up With Down Family Support Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of people in central Iowa with Down syndrome.  Founded in 1980 by a group of families who had the common bond of a child with Down syndrome, the group now has a membership of over 200 families throughout central Iowa.

Up With Down uses the funds raised by the Buddy Walk to support our local programs through GiGi's Playhouse.  These include age specific activities and playgroups, literacy programs, support group meetings, open play, new parent support and other awareness and advocacy programs.  Up With Down also gives a portion of the proceeds from our Buddy Walk to the NDSS to support their national education, research and advocacy programs.

About the Buddy Walk


The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to promote awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to more than 300 walks expected in 2012.

DMACC Ankeny Campus


2006 S Ankeny Blvd

Ankeny, IA 50023

Count Down

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Help us reach our goal!



59 Teams

1174 Participants

Want to volunteer?


Each year we need 20-30 volunteers to help us make the day the best it can be.

Want to help? 

Please visit www.volunteermatch.org 

and search for zipcode 50023 keyword Buddy Walk to sign-up.

Silent Auction Items

2 tickets to the Iowa vs. Central Michigan football game September 22

Autographed tshirt and photo of Gabrielle Douglas

4 tickets to an Iowa Barnstormers game of your choice in 2013

4 waterpark passes and a 1 night stay at Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque

10 - $10 Gift Cards to Bang Bang Mongolian Grill

2 Free Rounds of Golf at Toad Valley Golf Course

2 Free Rounds Mini-Golf at Toad Valley Golf Course

10 Buy One Get One admissions to any Fridley Theatre

Bread for a year from Panera

Family Four Pack Free Admission to Blank Park Zoo

Buddy Walk Quilt

Additional Quilts