Thank you for visiting our event page. Whether you have a loved one with Down syndrome, are a caring community member, or are a business looking to partner, we're glad you're here! Scroll through this page to learn more about the 13th Annual Chippewa Valley Down Syndrome Awareness Walk, and consider joining us on September 29 for the biggest party of the year!
What Your Support Means
DSAW-Chippewa Valley is excited to expand its programs, services, and events in 2020 and beyond to serve area families! In addition to our fun family events, we hope to start implementing monthly playgroups and parent's nights, educational events, Roadmap Sessions, direct support through DSAW-Family Services, and MORE! With your help and support at our biggest fundraising event of the year, the possibilities are endless. Join us in envisioning the future of our amazing chapter!
Irvine Park (Main Pavilion)
125 Bridgewater Ave
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Registration & Pre-Walk festivities begin
Meet at the Pavilion for Pre-Walk Rally
The 13th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk will be held at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Registration and check-in begins at 10:30am at the Main Pavilion in Irvine Park. If you have pre-registered you can pick up your t-shirts. You can also turn in donations/pledges. If you need/want a donation receipt please be sure to ask for one.
Pre Walk Rally
Help us kick off the walk with the singing of the National Anthem and meeting our 2019 Feature Family.
Browse our Marketplace and Resource Area and network with other families. Be sure to stop and talk with other local organizations as well as THANK our generous sponsors!
Join us for the biggest party and family festival of the year, including music, inflatables, carnival games, tattoos, cotton candy, and MORE! Stroll past the raffle tables and DON'T FORGET TO BUY TICKETS before the raffle drawing at 1:30pm.
Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
Join the 1-mile stroll through Irvine Park at 12:30pm. Lunch to follow the walk.
Raffle drawing begins at 1:30pm.
Online Registration is Strongly Recommended and Preferred
Registration is $15 each and participants with Down syndrome are FREE!
Online registrations will be accepted until Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 12:00pm (noon). Onsite registration will also be accepted beginning at 10:30am on Sunday, September 29.
Although we encourage everyone to use the online system, we understand that some people may want to register offline. Download the offline registration form below.
Register by Wednesday, September 4, 2019 to guarantee your t-shirt. After this point, participants will receive shirts on a first come, first serve basis.
Top Fundraising Prizes
Back by popular demand, we are once again offering top fundraising prizes for our top three fundraising teams!! Both donations and registration costs factor into your top fundraising total, so recruit both donations and team members!!
The deadline for top fundraising donations is Friday, September 27th at 11:59pm. Offline donations must be dropped off with our walk committee before Friday, September 27th at noon. Email email@example.com to set up a dropoff time.
How Your Donation Helps
$50 Provides a New Parent Welcome Basket
$250 Provides a Member Grant to help with therapies, technology, and more.
$500 Provides a school Peer Sensitivity Training to 100 students
$2,000 Funds an educational seminar or training for parents, members, and the community
$5,000 Funds programs, services, and events in rural areas of our chapter
- 1 Aimee O'Donnell $117.50 raised
- 2 Julie Marucheck $115.00 raised
- 3 Caitlin Hoefs $25.00 raised
- 4 Michael Odonnell $15.00 raised
- 5 daniel barnard $15.00 raised
- 6 Anastasia Burish $15.00 raised
- 7 Julie Hoefs $15.00 raised
- 8 Kylee Staebell $15.00 raised
- 9 Sally Gilgen $15.00 raised
- 10 Kristal Gerdes $15.00 raised
Who We Are
There are more than 8,000 people in Wisconsin with Down syndrome. Over the course of the year, DSAW touches the lives of more than 5,500 of these individuals and their families through the provision of services, education, resources, and support. DSAW is able to make a difference in thousands of lives because of the incredible support of our community. We are a 29-year-old volunteer driven organization -- we have more than 800 volunteers across the state!! It is their energy and passion that fuels our mission forward.
Why We Walk
Our Down Syndrome Awareness walks, which occur across the State of Wisconsin each year, draw more than 7,000 walkers, runners, racers, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and partners across the State under one collective mission -- to raise awareness and promote inclusion, diversity, and acceptance of people with Down syndrome and other special needs in our communities and in our lives. At DSAW we strive to guarantee access to a full life for all through education, information, programs, services, and the exchange of ideas and experiences. For the past 23 years, the Annual Awareness Walks have been the key fundraising mechanism that allow us to enter and serve communities across the state to help individuals and families with special needs prove they are stronger than the obstacles they face. Your support strengthens our programs, and our resolve.
We walk to tell their stories. That our children are remarkably gifted, talented and beautiful creations. We walk because, our sons and daughters battle every day for the same liberties that are so often taken for granted by our society. We walk to create new programs and services in under-served communities. We walk to tell our stories to the world. DSAW is 100% funded by private individuals and concerned corporate citizens and foundations who believe just as we do that with appropriate investment and just the right amount of supports, our loved ones can accomplish amazing things!