Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South
2nd Annual Walkin' In Memphis: Down Syndrome Awareness Walk







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Life is full of curveballs.  The greatest curveball life ever threw Rachel (my wife) and I came on July 8th,2015 when our daughter Marley Grace Greer was born. Marley, who is 3 1/2 years old, was born with Down syndrome. And just like anyone else, she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to, but there are times where extra resources may be needed to help guide her down that path.  An invaluable resource she directly benefits from is the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and The Mid-South (DSAM). They provide support, services, fellowship and a place where individual diversity and equality are celebrated! It is a lasting comfort for Rachel and I knowing loving and meaningful resources will be available for Marley now and well into her future as her needs change. So in Marley's honor, along with every individual with down syndrome, we decided to start an annual fundraiser to support such efforts.

On March 21st, 2019, please join the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & The Mid-South as we support the 2nd Annual ‘Walkin’ In Memphis: Down Syndrome Awareness Walk!’ In 2018, one of our local dads and DSAM board member, Joshua Greer, created and founded this event in which he walks all day long across the city of Memphis on 3.21, World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The event is a day to celebrate the diversity and abilities within all individuals, as well as raise awareness and funds for Down syndrome, in honor of his daughter Marley Grace Greer and all of the wonderful individuals with Down syndrome around the world!

His goal this year is to raise $21,000!!!

If you would like to contribute, please click the "DONATE" button on this website!

Like last year, he will walk for 14+ hours across the Memphis area, formally stopping at 13 well-known Memphis attractions to take pictures with supporters, self-advocates, sponsors, news outlets, local politicians/celebrities and many others. We would love to include you and/or your business/church/school/organization, so please contact Joshua for more! At each stop, Joshua will “raise” the global symbol for Down syndrome, the butterfly, and would love your participation (in person or send a pic in a WIM shirt where you are and hashtag us at #WalkinInMemphisforDS2019 or tag the ‘Walkin’ In Memphis’ FB, Twitter or Instagram page.

All proceeds and donations stay local and benefit the DSAM and our community. Last year, your contributions helped us purchase a new learning center! We nearly doubled our space, increased safety & improved location accessibility for our Mid-South families, all thanks to you! This year, your contributions help us grown on our mission.

All 2019 proceeds will go directly towards program development in our new learning center by focusing on 3 specific areas that benefit ALL age groups:

1) creating a teaching kitchen,

2) establishing a technology learning lab, and

3) stocking DSAM with therapeutic toys and equipment.

Evidence has shown that individuals with DS who have easy accessibility to key learning resources such as these, from early childhood & throughout adulthood, see significant increases in: gaining self-confidence, inclusion in school & in the community, acceptance into college or post-secondary schooling & gaining meaningful employment in the workforce!

Like last year, Joshua will start walking at the crack of dawn on 3.21, starting at The Big River Crossing bridge. Various events will be planned at each stop (details to come), with a special 12th stop at the Peabody Hotel where the DSAM will have an honorary Duckmaster for the 5pm procession of ducks. This event is free and open to the public. We had a wonderful turnout last year, so help us double our turnout this year! Anyone who then wants to join Joshua as he walks to his final stop is welcome!

The 13th and final stop of the walk will end inside Beale Street Landing! The public is encouraged to attend this free event from 6pm - 9pm. We will have food, a cash bar and live music (more info coming) as we congregate, visit and watch the M-bridge and Harahan bridge get lit up in blue and yellow, the official colors for Down syndrome! Feel free to join us at 6:30pm and/or 8:30pm as we take a group picture and hold a candle light vigil as we show our support as a community for individuals with Down syndrome! And be sure to wear your 2019 ‘Walkin’ In Memphis’ t-shirts, available on the DSAM website (click the shirt link on this page)!

If you or your organization would like to partner with Joshua and the DSAM please contact us (info below). Please visit our Facebook page for a formal presentation giving the details about what ‘Walkin’ In Memphis’ is and why we do it. Please reach out to Joshua or Martine Hobson, Executive Director if DSAM, if you have any questions, feedback, donation inquires or collaboration ideas. Finally, help us by liking, sharing and following our social media accounts so that we can continue to grow and spread the word about this event!

Thank you so much for your time and for supporting individuals with DS!

Joshua Greer, Dad

Martine Hobson, DSAM Executive Director


Any donation, no matter how large or small is greatly appreciated! If you would like to donate, please click on the donate button!


*PLEASE NOTE: Our apologies, but our vendor does not accept American Express. We apologize for the inconvenience.


                                                                 WHAT IS WDSD?

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.


The date for WDSD, being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the 21st chromosome in relation to Down syndrome. Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. Join in with us to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on 21 March. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder!

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