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Bergen County's Only Buddy Walk For Down Syndrome Steps Off In Wyckoff

The 12th Annual Bergen Buddy Walk will takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, rain or shine, at the Wyckoff Family YMCA.
The 12th Annual Bergen Buddy Walk will takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, rain or shine, at the Wyckoff Family YMCA. Photo Credit: Bergen Buddy Walk
The annual event draws supporters from across the county.
The annual event draws supporters from across the county. Photo Credit: Bergen Buddy Walk
There also will be live music, food and activities for kids.
There also will be live music, food and activities for kids. Photo Credit: Bergen Buddy Walk

WYCKOFF, N.J. -- Join walkers of all ages on Saturday, Oct. 1 for the 12th Annual Bergen Buddy Walk at the Wyckoff Family YMCA.

Approximately 1,000 children, parents, grandparents and community supporters will step off, rain or shine, for the one-mile walk.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11a.m.

Events include live music, a real fire truck to explore, children’s face painting, exhibits and information from special needs organizations, games, giveaways, prizes, and food.

Sponsorships and registrations are still being accepted. Registration fees are: $10 per adult, $5 per child (12 and under) which includes a t-shirt, lunch, (while supplies last) and full access to all the day’s events.

The Buddy Walk has three primary goals

  • To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
  • To raise funds both locally and nationally for education, research, and advocacy programs including special needs programs at the Wyckoff Y and the New Jersey Special Olympics
  • To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community

Click here to pre-register and donate online. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Call Jen Kaplan at the Y for more information at 201-891-2081. Please note, the Y will be closed for regular business during the Buddy Walk. Revised Y operating hours will be 2-8pm.

The Wyckoff Family YMCA is located at 691 Wyckoff Ave. in Wyckoff.

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