Buddy Walk and Buddy Run 5K Color Run

8th Annual DSNOCC Buddy Walk and 3nd Annual Buddy Run!

Saturday, October 5th 

Jacksonville Commons Recreational Center

Our 3rd Annual Buddy Run 5K will be even more fun this year as we are doing a Color Run! Registration starts at 7am! Race will start promptly at 8am.

Our 8th Annual Buddy Walk takes place on the grounds and Gymnasium at the Jacksonville Commons Recreational Center. We will have auction and raffle items opening bids to start at 9am. Our opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 9:45 am with the Walk to begin thereafter at 10am.

Join us for family fun to include food, games, auction items, DSNOCC gear for purchase, and special performance by members of Jessica’s Dance Academy.

We will debut and have on display our 2018 Advocacy Project! Come see and learn more about this!

Awards to be given to the Largest Team, Most Money Raised , and Most Team Spirit!

Click to register for the event and start fundraising!

2019 Buddy Walk and Run Registration

         Our Guest Speaker 


Heather was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. There she met and married her best friend’s brother, Kevin, who is a Marine. They then moved to NC where he was stationed at New River Air Station in Jacksonville. She’s been married to Kevin for almost 16 years. She was born with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD) and has been in a wheelchair all her life. She continued to do as much for herself as possible, even going away to college and eventually getting her master’s degree in counseling. After getting married, she and Kevin had a beautiful little boy named William. They were blessed with him for 5 and a half years before he passed away due to complications from CMD. 5 years ago she was placed on a ventilator and had to be mostly bedridden. Despite this challenge, she doesn’t let that stop her from getting out and enjoying life. She’s gone shopping, to the movies, and even a concert. Her favorite hobbies are reading and cross stitch. She relies strongly on her faith in God and the love of her family and friends to help her through the challenges and adversity she has been through in her life. And even though she’s unable to use her master’s in counseling to help others, she still tries to be there for others and help them in whatever way she’s able to be. Her goal in life is to still find ways of being there for others. She wants to inspire and be of service in all she does.

Our 2019 Sponsors

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Burch’s Landscaping


A Caring Heart Case Management, INC

Liberty Christian Academy

Dr Holmes, DDS


Ainsley’s Angels Eastern Carolina

Modern Exterminating

Mi Cabana       Sophie’s Trophies        National Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler Ram


Auction items from the following businesses: Riverside Swansboro, Pics by Tritt, Scentsy, Perfectly Posh, 9Yards Fitness, Van FineArt Photography, LulaRoe, Always Nutrition and Fitness, Partylite, Frame Game, Outcast Fishing Charters, Elle’s Crafty Cookies, Hooters, and much more!

For more information, please contact our Buddy Walk® Coordinator, Rebecca Droberg, at vicepresident@dsnocc.org or visit http://www.ndss.org/Buddy-Walk/

Buddy Walk PSA

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk® is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. Since its inception, the Buddy Walk® has grownacross the country. We were proud to bring this wonderful, heart-warming event to our community for the first time in 2012!