Join us at the CHOP Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day — the day is filled with fun activities for the entire family, including moon bounces, carnival games, character appearances, food, entertainment and a silent auction. More than 3,000 family members and friends come together each year for this festive event that celebrates all individuals with Down syndrome.


Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
10 a.m. – Registration begins
10:30 a.m. – Event kickoff
11:30 a.m. – Ceremonial lap begins
1:30 p.m. – Event concludes


Villanova University Stadium
185 Ithan Ave.
Villanova, PA 19010
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Proceeds from the CHOP Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day support the breakthroughs that happen every day at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Trisomy 21 Program and provide a brighter future for individuals with Down syndrome.

Getting There and Parking

Villanova University Stadium is accessible by private vehicle and public transportation. If using GPS, please use 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085. Get Directions.

Parking is located across the street from the stadium on Lancaster Avenue. Disabled access is adjacent to the stadium.

Registration fees

Adults: $15
Children (age 4-12): $8
Children younger than 4: Free

Event Day Registration
Adults: $20
Children (age 4-12): $10
Children younger than 4: Free

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Additional Information

Forming Teams
When you form a Buddy Walk® team, you build energy and passion around your shared cause: raising funds for CHOP’s Trisomy 21 Program. It’s a way for friends and family to show support for an individual in their community and make a real difference in the lives of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome today, tomorrow and for years to come.

Getting started
Visit the CHOP Buddy Walk® registration page, then select a “Create a Team” to get started.

If I had a team last year, do I have to start over again?
Yes. Captains should visit the CHOP Buddy Walk® registration page. You can use the same team name as last year and register for the event.

Team member registration
Invite team members to register through your participant center or have them go to the CHOP Buddy Walk registration page and tell them to register under your team name.

Raising funds and sending donations
There are so many ways you can raise money for individuals with Down syndrome and the CHOP Trisomy 21 Program through the CHOP Buddy Walk®. See our fundraising and social media resources and learn how to secure online and in-person donations through our ways to give. Also check out our great team fundraising incentives for your chance to win free entry to the event, a tent for your team or a custom-printed sign to honor your favorite Buddy Walk participant.

Tax ID letters for contributions
Donations made payable to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive a tax ID letter.


Email BuddyWalk@email.chop.edu.

Buddy Walk Committee

Jimmy Coughlin
Jacqui DiDomenico
Christa Lynch
Janice Radway
Kimberly Touch Rinaldi
Julie Gerhart Rothholz
Mitch Rothholz
Susan Scerbo
Melissa Stauffer
Kim Stranix
Danielle Thompson
Kathy Trainor
Heather Trout
Michelle Viall