Step Up for Down Syndrome

We are very excited to announce our 2016 Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. The Walk will be held, again, at beautiful Como Park in St. Paul, MN on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Walk registration will begin in June. Stay tuned for more information and read about our past events!

Interested in sponsoring the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk? Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities by visiting our Walk Sponsor page.

Interested in volunteering? Please visit our volunteer page to connect with our volunteer managers.

2015 Walk Recap

It was a fabulous Sunday at Como Park celebrating the lives of our friends and family members with Down syndrome at the 18th Annual Step Up Walk on September 27th.   The weather could not have been more glorious and the money raised will help us to continue to expand on our programs and services. We are so grateful for our sponsors and families who raised funds for the Association – we need your support to grow programs and services.

We’d like to give special recognition to our top fundraising teams:

1. Walking With Winston

2. The Ella-Gators

3. Nate’s Pirates

4. Anthony’s All-Star

5. Cruizin’ For Cash

Our final incentive for the 2015 Walk was a challenge to raise more than $7,000 and have your child’s picture on a billboard. Watch around the Cities starting December 7th for the beautiful faces of Winston Yerxa and Ella Sjodin.

We must also acknowledge and offer a thank you to each of our Walk sponsors and urge all of our members to patronize these professionals and businesses when it makes sense for your family.   A complete list of the sponsors follows this article.  We are so thankful that these businesses and individuals believe in us and all that we do.

Finally, please join the Board of Directors and staff, in offering a heartfelt thank you to the Step Up Walk for Down Syndrome Committee: John Ginther (chair), David Forney,  Jo Maniaci, Karen Lehner, Terri Yira, Don Schwartz and Dan Hilson – believe it or not there are only 7 committee members who plan and put on what for over 18 years has become a monster of an event for 7,000 people (and a few of them have worked on the Walk since year one)!

The 2016 Step Up Walk will be held on September 25th.  Call Kathleen at the DSAM office at 651-603-0720 if you are interested in serving on the planning committee or want to become a sponsor for the event.


Thank you to all of our 2015 Step Up Walk sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Associated Eye Care Logomdm-rgb logomaplewood pediatric dentistry logoMar Vista Logo Roxbury New LogoFunctional KidsShowmens Assoc Logo GOLD Separated-01


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