Don’t miss a beat, rock the sounds with Ups of Downs!

The Ups of Downs Buddy Walk®, September 15th, 2018 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Civic Center in the Barnett Arena. We have many activities and events for a grand family carnival! We invite everyone to attend – young and old. Pass the word to all your family and friends. In addition to lunch, snacks such as popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy will also be available. We look forward to seeing everyone for a day of family fun, excitement, smiles, and to groove with us.

If you are interested in joining us this year by becoming a sponsor, please contact us.

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2018 Ups of Downs Down syndrome Family Support Buddy Walk®. The date has been set for Saturday, September 15th, 2018 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. We are asking for your sponsorship so that we may continue promoting the awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome in our community. Each year we strive to make the Buddy Walk® bigger and better. Being able to add new events, activities, and sponsors allows this event to be successful each year; and this year will be no exception!

We are planning to have the event carnival themed based again this year along with having a dance for all to celebrate! We will be promoting as such so everyone, young and old, will want to attend this great event; no matter if they know someone, live with someone, or assist someone with Down syndrome – it will be an event that they will want to attend! Some of the events and activities being planned are a dance, train rides, inflatables, face painting, fish pond, bingo, and Phil Baker Music in concert. We are also currently working with a few others so we can bring some new events and activities to the walk this year.

With your support, you will be recognized as a sponsor of the 2018 Ups of Downs Buddy Walk® which helps us provide educational workshops, social events, and awareness opportunities that promotes awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome. We are hoping that you will consider being part of this wonderful event and help us make this year so grand that it is our best year ever! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Ups of Downs Family Support Group

The Ups of Downs Family Support Group was formed in Rapid City in 2000 and became a 501c(3) nonprofit organization in 2003(EIN #20-0128360). Our organization is dedicated to providing education, information, awareness events, social opportunities, and emotional support to families of infants, children, and adults with Down syndrome. We have families from all across Rapid City, the Black Hills, and western South Dakota; and in the past 10 years we’ve welcomed over 15 new families with a child with Down syndrome to our group, as well as being introduced to many adults with Down syndrome living in our community.

Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality (an extra 21st chromosome) that occurs in one of every 730 live births and affects more than 400,000 people in the United States. One of the most frequently occurring chromosomal abnormalities, Down syndrome affects people of all ages, races, and economic levels. Over 80% of children born with Down syndrome are born to mothers under the age of 35. Today, individuals with Down syndrome are active participants in the educational, vocational, social, and recreational aspects of our communities. In fact, there are more opportunities than ever before for individuals with Down syndrome to develop their abilities, discover their talents, and realize their dreams. For example, more teens and adults with Down syndrome each year are graduating from high school, going to college, finding employment, and living independently. The opportunities currently available to individuals with Down syndrome have never been greater! It is through the collective efforts of parents, professionals, elected officials, and committed individuals like yourself that allows continued awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk®

The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 and over the past twenty years, the Buddy Walk® program has grown from 17 walks to more than 300 walks in 2018 across the country and around the world. Last year alone over 300,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk® raising over $12 million to benefit national education, research, and advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs. These funds enable NDSS and local groups to offer services that support and enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome as well as their families. Our group keeps 93% of the money raised while the other 7% goes to the NDSS. It is the mission of the NDSS to ensure that all individuals with Down syndrome are provided the opportunity to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

In closing, your sponsorship shows public affirmation of your support for the inclusion, awareness, and acceptance of the abilities and contributions of individuals with Down syndrome. We look forward to working with you to make the 2018 Ups of Downs Buddy Walk® Family Carnival, and Dance the best ever!

Thank you for your time, consideration, and support!