Are you ready to Step Up 4 Down syndrome !  We have officially outgrown the park so we will be walking at the Lake Charles Civic Center this year!

Registration is now open for the 16th annual Step Up 4 Down Syndrome Walk  on September 29th, 2018.  Hurry and pre-register to join a team, create your own team, or make a donation to support Individuals born with Down syndrome in Southwest Louisiana! 

Be sure to check out our fundraising incentives !

KC’s Sunshine - Captain: Caldwell Karsyn

I want to invite you to my team on September 29, 2018 and help raise awareness and promote acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome!

I am super excited about participating in the upcoming Step Up for Down Syndrome Family Fun Day & Walk benefiting Up4Downs of SWLA.  I could really use your help!  This is a great event that promotes awareness for all individuals with Down syndrome. In addition, we raise money to support local services and advocacy efforts.  The Step Up for Down Syndrome Family Fun Day & Walk will be held on September 29, 2018 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   It is a fun and heart-warming day that includes a non-competitive walk followed by food, fun, games and music.  Come be a part of this great day and do your part to help promote awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.


You can help by:  

  • Joining a team, creating your own team or registering as an indiviual and making a contribution to Up4Downs of SWLA 
  • Walking on our team and asking your friends, family or co-workers to support you.
  • Making a fully tax-deductible contribution to the Up4Downs of SWLA and letting your personal contacts know that you are in support of this event


Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition.  One in every 733 babies is born with Down syndrome.  Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of chromosome 21.  This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.  Down syndrome occurs in all races and economic levels.  Today there are 400,000 people in the United States with Down syndrome.


I hope you’ll join us. We look forward to seeing you on

September 29, 2018


Thank you,

Team Registrants
Lauryn Harrell
Harper Bowers
Tim Borrel
Cason Caldwell
Brad Harrell
Tristyn Caldwell
Ashlyn Richmond
Makenzie Caldwell
Chereth Caldwell
Arvin Harrell
Kruz Anderson
Henrik Bowers
Ryleigh Richmond
Erica Fuselier
Meagan Lirette
Holly Edwards
Collin Edwards
Caldwell Karsyn
Madelyn Harrell
Janet Harrell
Christy Harrell
Stephen Bowers
Kerigan Richmond
Briggs Bunch
Tripp Bunch
Easton Bowers
Breanna Bowers
Leslie Pelt
Brock Caldwell
Corbin Caldwell
Kathy Mancil
Matt Caldwell
kjersten pullig
Stuart Pelt
Kinley Richmond
DAnna Richmond
Team Goal
My Donors
Kathleen Mancil
2017 Event Sponsors
Dr. Mudar Kattash
2017 Presenting Sponsors


Fuse Entertainment        Keith & Stephanie Henson

Dave McCarty -State Farm          Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana

Dr. Frank Lopez    Southern Bicycle     Popeyes     St. Raphaels Knights of Columbus

Charlie Buller, DDS    Lil' Couchon     Beverage Sales


2017 Backer Sponsors

Fat boyz  Cleste Pierce  First National Bank of Deridder  Lynn Nelson  Pamela Courtney  Kesa Lane  Jim Hughes  Patricia Darbonne  James Hebert  Linda Petticrew  Michael Eason  James Warshaw  Paul Koonce  Gilbert Johnson  Todd Hebert  Janie Zaunbrecher  Sheila Mayes  Thelma Miller  Marsha Hunt  Dianne Teal  Debra Doyle-Welch  Ashley Miller HR One  Children's Clinic of SWLA  Sandy Doe  Cormie Talley  Darrel Lejeune  Carol Fortenberry  Dr. & Mrs. Keith Lechtenberg  Mama Reta's Kitchen  Larry Hardy  Hacketts Cajun Kitchen  Carl Arab  Jean Evans  Trouth A/C & Sheet Metal  Pediatrust Brandi Deville  Dr. & Mrs Terrry Welke

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