Step Up for Down Syndrome

Please join us September 27th, 2015 for the

18th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk

rain or shine!

Como Park, Midway Pavilion, St. Paul, Minnesota (off Lexington Ave & Horton Ave)

Registration begins at 10:30, Walk begins at noon

Offsite parking: Bandana Square, 1010 Bandana Square Blvd (off Lexington Ave & Energy Park Dr)


Three Great Reasons to Take a Walk In Como Park on Sunday September 27.

ONE – It’s All About Down syndrome.

The 18th Annual Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk is all about your family member or friend with Down syndrome. It’s about all he or she has accomplished with your support and the help of our community.

It’s about telling the world about that.

And about heartfelt celebration for every last minute of it.

Come to Como Park on Walk Sunday. It’ll be nothing but smiles, promise.

TWO – It’s All About Your Support.

Important fact: The Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk raises almost half of what’s needed to operate the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota. That’s about $200,000 from sponsors, friends and families, through matching contributions from employers. And the very sweet donations of lunch money and allowances we most always get.

Your Association, in turn, applies that money to direct services ranging from consultation with new and expectant parents, about a half dozen major conferences, our annual bike camp, maintenance of our lending library, website and other information-rich resources and, not the least, bringing the world’s experts on key issues affecting people with Down syndrome and their families to Minnesota. In just this past year that’s included behavior expert Dr. Dennis McGuire and Dr. Sue Buckley of DownsEd International for her uniquely effective Reading and Language Intervention now being deployed across Minnesota.

Your fundraising dollars also go towards new and expectant parent programs, including the Down Comforter Packet, informational packets provided to hospitals and clinics across the region at no cost, new parent breakfasts and support for the parent groups across the state. Please visit our website, to learn more.

It is what we do. It’s terribly important and we need your help so we can continue to do it. Please go to to learn how you can help.

THREE – It’s A Whole Lot of Fun.

Best reason to join us on September 27: the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk is fun.

It’s way more than a Walk. It’s a full day of entertainment that includes live music, face painting, bounce houses, slides, food, hamster balls, Disney princesses, super heroes, pony rides. And, it’s all available in beautiful Como Park, the crown jewel of the St Paul parks system, recently named the best urban park system in America (a title it shares with The Minneapolis Park system where we meet for the Association summer picnic).

Invite your friends and family to join you for a great day. Bring a tent and grill. Do burgers and brats. Maybe even some late season sweet corn. Or just come and stroll around. Greet folks who are every bit as proud of you and people with Down syndrome as you are.

Join us on September 27 in Como Park.


Register by July 30th to have your name put in a drawing for a $100 gift card from Target

Register by August 28th for t-shirts. Register by September 22nd to get a free bag lunch


Registering for the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk opens access to all the great activities planned for the day plus a free lunch and water or access to several different food trucks. Download the form above or, better yet, register online by going to go to There you can register, order shirts, request lunches and set up a personal fundraising page – a fun and easy way to support the programs and services of the Down Syndrome Association.

Register by July 30th to be entered in a drawing for a $100 Target gift card!

Registration Fees

$5 Per person
Children 5 and under are free
Person with Down Syndrome is free

Included in your registration is access to the day’s events – live music, jump houses, pony rides, face painting, free lunch (upon request), air brush tattoos, giant hamster ball rides, Games 2U, visit Disney princess or super heroes and more.

Walk tshirts are extra, $7 for most sizes, $8 for 2XL & 3XL.


Designing your own shirt? We love seeing all of the personal walk shirts and have partnered with Paar Sports & Promotions to provide a t-shirt designer and shirts at competitive prices. Check it out at and don’t forget to share your creations on our Facebook page!


The Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota’s single most important source of financial support. Thanks to what you and thousands like you did last year, we raised more than $200,000 to support Association activities, such as our Regional Conference, Grandparents and Youth & Adult Conferences, financial support to more than 20 parent groups, new and expectant parent packets, books and videos for new and expectant parents and more.

Online fundraising is easy! Just go to, after you register for the walk, proceed to your fundraising page. You can create a personal page OR a team page. You can include a personal message, an optional photo or video, personalized web address and message to and about your friends and family.


Everyone that registers by September 22nd will be guaranteed a lunch for the number indicated on their registration. When you check in the day of the walk (at the registration area), you will be given tickets for your lunch. There is no charge for these bag lunches nor is there a charge for the gluten free lunches you need to order. If you register after September 22nd or prefer not to order a bag lunch or just walk up the day of, we will have food that can be purchased from vendors who will be with us all day, including: mini donuts, bratwurst, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, and more.

There will be face painting, moon walks, kids’ games and lots more! Plus, Step Up Walk entertainment has become a huge part of the day. This year our main stage will again feature the indie kids rock group The Bazillions.


Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Ronald McDonald House or an item for Fiona’s Hope Totes. Many DSAM families have benefited from the services of these organizations and we’d like to give back. Ronald McDonald House provides comfortable, home away from homes for families of children in extended hospital stays. Fiona’s Hope Totes provides bags to families who have extended hospital stays to make life a little more comfortable.

Please visit and for details.

If you have questions please call the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota office at (651) 603-0720 or (800) 511-3696. Or email

We look forward to seeing you at Como Park on September 27th as we celebrate our 18th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk!


Check out our Sign Up Genius page for volunteer opportunities. Be apart of this great day!


Interested in sponsoring the Walk? Please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page or contact Marcy with any questions: (651) 603-0720 or

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Dentistry for Child & Ado SILVER 2014 Kid Talk - SUDS

Chase JPMorgan

Midwest ENT SILVER 2014

Roseville VFW

Keep on Paddling Silver


Think Stucco

Associated Speech and Language

Minnesota Birth Center

Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company

Therapy OPS

In Kind
Pepsi Logo 2014 IN KINDPrintAAA logo IN KIND 2014Mall of America Star logoThe Home Depot Logo

The Bazillions - kid friendly rock and roll

5 Eyewittness News

Short Stop Custom Catering

Embroidery and More

Cushman Motor Co.

Twin Cities Siding