Join us at the CHOP Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day as we celebrate individuals with Down syndrome at our 23rd 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, sweepstakes and much more!

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


Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024
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 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.

How it works

Step 1: Register!

Start your team or join a team by visiting the CHOP Buddy Walk® registration page.

Registration fee
The registration fee is $21 for teens and adults (age 13+), $10 for children aged 4-12 and free for those younger than 4. Registration for all virtual participants is $15. Preregistration ends at noon the Friday before the event.
NOTE: Event-day registration fees increase to $25 for adults.

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. If you don’t remember your registration information, please contact us at buddywalk@chop.edu.

Step 2: Recruit your community

Gather your friends, family and colleagues to join you in celebrating individuals with Down syndrome and supporting the CHOP Trisomy 21 Program!

Step 3: Raise funds

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 tips and social media resources and learn how to secure online and in-person donations on our ways to give page.

Step 4: Celebrate!

Join us in October to celebrate YOU, your team and all individuals with Down syndrome!

What to expect

  • Moon bounces, character appearances, face painting, balloon creations, music, food, beverages and more!
  • A robust sweepstakes and silent auction!
  • A short program including our fundraising reveal, top teams, sponsor recognition and Trisomy 21 Program updates! (The deadline to be recognized as a top fundraising team is the Monday before event day.
  • 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.

2024 CHOP Buddy Walk® Committee


Julie Gerhart-Rothholz & Mitch Rothholz

Committee Members

Jimmy Coughlin
Kelly Coughlin
Jacqui DiDomenico
Erica DiVario
John Eskate
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.

Meet Our Buddies

CHOP Buddy Walk® was formed to celebrate and support individuals with Down syndrome. Meet the kids that inspire our work!