Thank you all who supported, walked, and came out to celebrate Down syndrome on Sunday. What a DAY for the Step Up for Down Syndrome 15th Annual Walk - filled with fun, family and friends!


The Walk had it all – old friends, new friends, great exhibitors, wonderful entertainment, fantastic food, and…the Walk raised over $75,000 that will enable DSIA to continue to provide resources and support to Sacramento & 9 surrounding counties!! Donations to the DSIA Step Up Walk can still be made until December 31, 2019.



Because of the generosity of family, friends, and co-workers, this is just an example of the types of programs that will benefit from your fundraising:

  • Parent-to-Parent Program & New Parent Activities
  • Educational speakers & workshops
  • Social events
  • Medical Outreach Program
  • iCan Bike Program


Congratulations to all the teams and individuals for their donations and participation. Special congratulations to the following teams:

Team Ashlyn & Chris

Captain: Angela Hall

Total Raised: $39,940.00


Gigi's Dream Team

Captain: Melinda Moniz

Total Raised: $2,315.72


June Platoon

Captain: Allison Olson

Total Raised: $2,296.00


Team Nina

Captain: Henry Calanchini

Total Raised: $1,723.00


All for Ainsley

Captain: Laura Beth Banuelos

Total Raised: $1,450.00


Gabby's Gang

Captain: Gabby Prieto

Total Raised: $1,250.00


JJSS Angels

Captain: Jane Johnson

Total Raised: $1,250.00


Team Jayden

Captain: ROSA RAI

Total Raised: $1,055.00


Isla's Army

Captain: Kristalyn McDonald

Total Raised: $1,025.00


Carolynn's Crew

Captain: Geralynn Moore

Total Raised: $895.00


Extra shout out to the Hall Family, they worked with their employer, Universal Plant Services and raised about $38,000 in a Golf Tournament that went to their team total! Way to make it happen!


The Sisterhood Mom's Group raised over $500 in the Bake Sale!


Thank you to the following for great entertainment:

  • Music to Grow On
  • NOW 100.5


A special thank you to the following vendors who participated at the event:

  • Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
  • Coalition for Students with Disabilities
  • Dusty's Puppets
  • Irene Cormane
  • Total Education Solutions
  • Project R.I.D.E. Inc.
  • Bright Start Therapies
  • GiGi's Playhouse - Sacramento
  • Music To Grow On
  • Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections
  • Social Security
  • First Tee of Greater Sacramento
  • WarmLine Family Resource Table


And to our sponsors who helped us make this such a special day:

  • Jane Johnson Speech Therapy,
  • Sutter Health Foundation
  • UCDavis Health Care
  • Pride Industries


Last, but certainly not least. To our volunteers that helped un Sunday, thank you, thank you, thank you! You helped pull off on of the most successful, stress free, easy peasy lemon squeezy walks in a LONG time!

  • Kathy Cook
  • Alyssa Mendoza
  • Brianna Buzzell 
  • Nikki Nicholson
  • Leilani Phan
  • Yasmin Moule
  • Margot Thompson
  • Alisha Rahbarian
  • Darlene Rahbarian
  • Raquel E. & Jose Cortez
  • Adiana Garcia
  • Anna J McNatt
  • Madison & Mindy Matullo
  • Judy & daughter Mikacich
  • Aaron Selfe
  • Andrew Scott
  • Dylan, Trevor, Cody Scott
  • Gabby & Lucy Prieto

Want to share your amazing pictures from the walk, and perhaps see them featured on DSIA’s website and future walk materials? Send your high-resolution pictures to stepup@downsyndromeinfo.org and keep an eye out for your pictures.

Sunday, October 13th

9:00 am Check In

10:00 am Walk

11:00 am Lunch & Entertainment

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