Oct 13, 2024

2024 Aiken Buddy Walk

2024 Aiken Buddy Walk® Join us for the 2024 Aiken Buddy Walk® at the University of South Carolina Aiken Quad. Check-in and fun family activities begin at 1:00pm, Opening Ceremony at approximately 3:00pm, and the Walk begins at 3:21pm. Scroll down for

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About Us

Upside of Downs of Aiken is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2010. We are a group of parents, siblings, relatives, friends, educators, and medical professionals who have banded together to gather and share knowledge to assist our families and our community.

We hope to work together to educate the public about Down syndrome, and to celebrate what individuals with Down syndrome can accomplish.

We are affiliates of the National Down Syndrome Society and the National Down Syndrome Congress.

If you are a new parent of a child with Down syndrome, new to the CSRA, or want additional information about Upside of Downs of Aiken please call us at 803-646-4043 or contact us at info@aikenupsidedowns.org.


About the Buddy Walk®

The Buddy Walk® began in 1995 with 17 walks across the nation. Since that time it has been the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. The Buddy Walk® attracts thousands of participants worldwide each year.

In 2008 the first Buddy Walk was held in Aiken. While the pandemic derailed the Buddy Walk® for a few years, last year we resumed with an in-person Buddy Walk®.

A day of inspiration and celebration, the walk brings together the Down syndrome community all while raising funds to support the mission of the National Down Syndrome Society and the Upside of Downs of Aiken. We hope you will join us for a fun and heart-warming day promoting awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome


Registering For the Aiken Buddy Walk

All participants attending the Aiken Buddy Walk must be registered and accept the terms and conditions of the waiver. This helps our team get an accurate headcount for the event. Click on the “Join” button above to sign up yourself and any family or friends that will be joining you.

Each team member can decide if they wish to fundraise or not. While every donation goes toward local and national programing, we recognize for some that the fundraising element can be daunting. We want everyone to feel welcome to participate in spreading awareness and having fun on October 13th by walking with their team!

Click on the "How Do I Register" tab at the top of the page to view step-by-step registration instructions.

Important Dates

Aiken Buddy Walk Important Dates

September 16, 2024

  • Last day for individuals with Down syndrome to register to receive their names on the back of the t-shirt
  • Last day for sponsors to complete sponsor form to have logo/name on t-shirt back
  • Last day to order a t-shirt

October 13, 2024

  • Buddy Walk
  • Last day to register
  • Registration at 1:00pm
  • Opening ceremony approximately 2:00pm
  • Walk 3:21pm
  • Awards presentation and group picture immediately following walk
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