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Join us at the next Buddy Walk!

   NOTICE:  Hey Buddies, while online registration is now closed, you are still able to further the work of Designer Genes and the National Down Syndrome Society by DONATING to a team online or just donating.  Just go to your favorite team and selection "Donate".  Registration are very much welcome on Saturday at the walk and you can get an official Designer Genes Buddy Walk t-shirt with every $20.00 donation.  Just head to the registration tent when you get there and don't forget to tell them which "Buddy" you're supporting.  Thanks for making this year's walk amazing!

Join with others from your community in supporting Down syndrome awareness by taking part in Bismarck’s 12th-annual Designer Genes Buddy Walk on Saturday, September 26th at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Registration and entertainment will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the approximately 1-mile walk kicking off at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is not necessary and no registration fees are collected from walkers. The walk promotes Down syndrome awareness and is supported by well-appreciated community sponsors. Walkers who wish to donate $20 or more will receive a walk t-shirt.

WHAT: The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. This year the 2015 Designer Genes Buddy Walk will be one of at least 250 Buddy Walk events scheduled from mid-September through November, with more than 250,000 people expected to participate.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26t
h. Registration and entertainment begins at 10:00 am, with the walk beginning at 11 am.

WHERE: State Capitol Grounds, Bismarck – Donation and t-shirt center will be set up at the Capitol Steps and the walk will be conducted around the Capitol loop.(600 E Boulevard Avenue)

WHO: About 1,500 people are expected to attend. Participants include people with Down syndrome from around the state, their families, friends, teachers, coworkers and other supporters.The general public is encouraged to attend and show their support for people of all abilities.



Designer Genes has been in existence for close to 30 years, starting with a core group of families in the Bismarck-Mandan area.  Today, the Designer Genes support network has over 200 members who are individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  The Designer Genes Buddy Walk is in it's 12th year and continues to promote awareness of the incredible potential of individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities.  While fundraising is not the main focus, the Buddy Walk does help Designer Genes reach out to individuals with Down syndrome and their families through their programming.  They join other Buddy walks across the country which raised more than $11 million dollars to benefit national education, research and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services. All funds raised through the Designer Genes Buddy Walk support both local and national programs.  All donations are tax-exempt.  Check us out at:


Volunteers Needed!


The Designer Genes' Buddy Walk isn't a success without great volunteers.

Like to get involved?

Contact Roxane (391-7421) or Sandy (425-6518) to learn more about volunteer opportunities both pre-event and the day of.

Watch our progress!



44 Teams

311 Walkers

Thanks to our sponsors!

BARK Welding and Petroleum Services, Inc.