Down Syndrome Indiana  Buddy Walk Lafayette 2019

The Lafayette area spent their weekend celebrating Down Syndrome with Down Syndrome Indiana at the Buddy Walk Lafayette. The event was full of participants joining together to walk for Down Syndrome, enjoy ice cream treats, admire the art made by students with Down Syndrome, and come together for an afternoon full of inclusion. If you missed out on this walk, the good news is that there are more opportunities in the future with Buddy Walk Indianapolis on October 5th, 2019 as well as next year’s Buddy Walk Lafayette. We brought a Synapse Sitters team to the walk and decided to share our top reasons why we loved participating in the Buddy Walk Lafayette 2019:

The Buddy Walk was inclusive. There were people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and all walks of life coming together to celebrate an amazing cause. Everyone came together and made their way around the track no matter if they walked, ran, crawled, or rolled!

The proceeds from the walk went to a great cause. What more could you ask for than to walk for a good cause? The proceeds from the walk are used for Down Syndrome Indiana to help enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome from infancy through adulthood. The programs and services that Down Syndrome Indiana offer are completely funded by events like these along with corporate donations and grants. From this walk alone, they were able to raise $40,000!

The Buddy Walk got everyone outside to enjoy the weather. Everyone participating was able to soak in the sunshine and enjoy the beautiful spring day.  The perfect weather may have been pure luck but everyone sure was pleased!

The Buddy Walk was FUN! Down Syndrome Indiana threw one big party with people dancing to good music, eating delicious ice cream, watching a magic show, and a celebrating Down Syndrome. The community was able to let loose and enjoy the afternoon.

Thank you to Down Syndrome Indiana for putting on such a great event to celebrate people that we love! If you want to get involved in future Buddy Walks or just check out what Down Syndrome Indiana has to offer, check out their website HERE.


Emma Benner

Emma Benner

Social Media Intern

Emma is a student-athlete at Purdue University majoring in Kinesiology and on the cross country and track and field teams. She has been involved in the special needs community for many years as a coach with Special Olympics Minnesota, and  as a personal care assistant/respite sitter. She has worked in media, marketing, and journalism with various organizations. When Emma has some free time, she enjoys riding horses (she grew up doing barrel racing), baking doughnuts and cake pops (yum!), pursuing her new art interest (wood burning, painting, or drawing), or going for a long run in sunny weather (her favorite!).