Join your school team and walk in the Buddy Walk on Oct 5. Help your school to reach its goal of 40 walkers. Make your school the number one team!
The Buddy Walk of Bergen County seed was planted in 2004 when Billy Hourihan of Wyckoff, was born with Down syndrome. After attending a Buddy Walk, his family came together with the Wyckoff Family YMCA and held the first Buddy Walk of Bergen County in 2005. That walk was attended by 400 people and raised over $74,000. As a result, the Wyckoff Family YMCA developed Billy's Buddies, an outreach program for children with Down syndrome and their families.
In 2007, The Northern New Jersey Down Syndrome Alliance, a non-profit 501 (c) charity was developed by the Hourihan Family. The Alliance and The Wyckoff Family YMCA continue their partnership for raising awareness of Down syndrome.
Last year the Buddy Walk made donations to the National Down Syndrome Society, Research Down Syndrome Foundation, the Wyckoff Family YMCA's special needs programs, Shining Stars and Billy's Buddies, the New Jersey Special Olympics as well as the residents of Orchard Commons in Allendale. Since the inception of the Buddy Walk of Bergen County, 8 years ago, we have donated almost $600,000!
Last year over 1200 people attended the 2012 walk and over $90,000 was raised. This year our goal is $100,000 and 1500 walkers!!
"The Buddy Walk of Bergen County serves the communities of Northern New Jersey, closest to New York City, and people come from all over the state and metro-New York to participate. We hope to see you this October at the Wyckoff Family YMCA!"