Are you ready to Step Up 4 Down syndrome and meet actor David DeSanctis  from the movie "Where Hope Grows"?  He will be sharing his message and  walking with us!

Registration is now open for the 15th annual Step Up 4 Down Syndrome Walk  on October 7, 2017.  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 new fundraising incentives !

Russell's Team - Captain: Russell Hardy

I want to invite you to my team on October 7, 2017 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 October 7, 2017.  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

October 7, 2017

Thank you,

Team Goal

Team Registrants
Team Donors
Friends of Russell
Iowa Farm & Auto LLC
The Foreman's
Gerald Guidry
Kristina Vanness
Larry Hardy
McVicker& Associates
Charlie Buller
Keith Vincent
St. Raphaels KOC Bingo Account
Michelle Lee
2016 Event Sponsors
Dr. Mudar Kattash
2016 Presenting Sponsors

St. Marys Catholic School

Fuse Entertainment: Jeremy Fuselier

Abby Gros Photography

Monica Dupuis Photography

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