Buddy Walk History

Caleb’s Heart





Remembering Scotty



Thanks for making Buddy Walk of the High Country 2017 a Huge Success!  We still have Buddy Walk Calendars available and may be doing another shirt order. Check out our Facebook page or email us at buddywalkofthehighcountry@gmail.com if you are interested. 



The Buddy Walk® was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.  The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 275 walks planned for 2013 worldwide.  In 2012, more than $11.75 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.  2013 was the first year that the Buddy Walk came to the High Country!

The primary goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote the awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.   Families and friends whose lives have been touched by Down syndrome will join members of our communities in helping to raise awareness concerning the abilities people with Down syndrome possess.

The Buddy Walk of the High Country 2013 was a HUGE success. 2014 was even better! 2015, 2016 and 2017 were great too!

2017 was a great success….we over 200 walkers, 13 teams, and raised over $12,000 for local families and outreach activities. Our sponsors were a big part of that….thank you thank you thank you Mountain Town Dental, Caleb’s Heart, Boondocks,  Ashe County High School Interact Club, RDR Kennel, Skyline Telephone, Mountain Aire Golf, Jones Hardwood Floors, AEV, Miller Insurance, New Beginnings Church, Caroline West Wireless, SNAP by Ang, United Chemicon,  Fox Creek Trucking, Fox Creek Enterprises, When Pigs Fly, Ashe County Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival, New River Tree Company, Discovery Buick Chevrolet GMC, Pepsi, WJ Office Supply, AFLAC and Ashe Services for Aging. 







If you’d like more information, please click here for links to different resources.


Through our Buddy Walk of the High Country we raise funds for Public Awareness and Education events as well as for small individual grants to families of and individuals with Down syndrome. These grants can be used for medical expenses, specialized or basic equipment, educational needs and programs that enrich development, recreational programs and more. Please click on this link to find the application.



The Buddy Walk application


Buddy Walk of the High Country planning team : Kaaren Hayes, Lynn Robinson, Gillian Hampton, Norma Bouchard, Kristi Lewis, Melissa Lewis, Patricia Calloway, Jessica Carter, Barbara Myers, Jessica Roland and Kaylan Lewis, Michelle Isaacs, Barbara and Bradley Myers, Brooke Hollar, Falon Calhoun, and Rachel Farmer.



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