Join us at the CHOP Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day as we celebrate our 22nd annual event! The day will be filled with fun activities for the entire family, including moon bounces, carnival games, face painting, live entertainment, an auction and sweepstakes, and much more! More than 3,000 family members and friends come together each year from all over the country to honor all individuals with Down syndrome.

For a quick overview of CHOP Buddy Walk & Family Fun Day, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023
9:30 a.m. – Registration begins
10:30 a.m. – Event kickoff
11:30 a.m. – Ceremonial lap begins
1 p.m. – Event concludes


Lincoln Financial Field
1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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100% of funds raised from the CHOP Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day supports healthier futures for patients of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Trisomy 21 Program and helps improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.

Getting There and Parking

Lincoln Financial Field is accessible by private vehicle and public transportation. Parking will be in Lot K (North Entrance). Directions to get to Lot K and exit Lot K.

Registration Fees


Adults (age 13+): $15
Children (age 4-12): $10
Children younger than 4: Free
Virtual Participant: $15

Event Day Registration

Adults: $20
Children (age 4-12): $10
Children younger than 4: Free
Virtual Participant: $15

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Additional Information

Forming Teams

When you form a Buddy Walk® team, you are building excitement and passion around your shared cause: Raising funds for CHOP’s Trisomy 21 Program. It’s a way for friends, family and colleagues 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 “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’s name as last year to register for the event. If you do not remember your registration information, please contact buddywalk@chop.edu.

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’s name.

Raising funds and sending donations

There are so many ways you can raise money for individuals with Down syndrome and CHOP’s Trisomy 21 Program through the CHOP Buddy Walk. See our fundraising tips and social media resources and learn how to secure online and in-person donations on our ways to give page.

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.

2023 CHOP Buddy Walk Committee


Julie Gerhart-Rothholz & Mitch Rothholz

Committee Members

Jimmy Coughlin
Kelly Coughlin
Jacqui DiDomenico
Erica DiVario
Caitlin Haas
Heather Healey
Pebbles Jackson
Amanda Jacobs
Anne Kochera
Christa Lynch
Rosemary McKenna
Kristy Moffett
Karen Keser Onyshczak
Kelly Pasquarella

Janice Radway
Cynthia Scott
Tereze Sinno
Melissa Stauffer
Kim Stranix
Dan Szostek
Vicki Szostek
Danielle Thompson
Kimberly Touch Rinaldi
Kathy Trainor
Michelle Viall
Nicole Wells
Bernadette Wheeler
Kevin Yu


Email BuddyWalk@chop.edu.