17th Annual Buddy Walk

The 17th Annual Community Link Buddy Walk was held on Saturday, September 16th at Northside Park in Breese, IL. It was beautiful, sunny day with lots of energy and comradery from the Community to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilites.

There were many activities throughout the day that kept spirits high and Buddy Walkers busy, all attributing to another great year! A concert by Jesse James Entertainment from Nashville, TN kicked the day off, followed by the traditional 1-mile walk through the streets of Breese, and the 2nd Annual Super Buddy Dog Show. The craft tent and yard games made a return, as did the Chakota horses. 

The Buddy Walk was established by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to raise awareness and support programs for those with Down syndrome. Community Link is proud to have one of the larger walks in teh country to support local programs while contributing 2.5% of proceeds to NDSS for national initiatives.

Thank you to all who participated in this SUPER day to honor our superheroes, our participants. We were just shy of 1300 registrations of family and friends walking with us!

Missed the walk, but hoping to donate? There is still time to donate now!

THANKS TO YOU... in 2023, our Buddy Walk has raised over $124,000!