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Thank you for your support and participation at the 27th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. Donations are being accepted online through December 31, 2022.

Anna Banana’s Bunch

Welcome Chad Weinand

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Event Date

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Start Time: 10:00 AM CST

Ceremonial one mile walk begins:
1:30 PM CST

Event Conclusion:
2:00 PM CST

Event Location

One Arrowhead Drive
Kansas City, MO 6412

Event will be held in Lot C, with parking in lots B & D.

Special Instructions from the Event Staff

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Special Updates

Team T-Shirt Registration Deadline:
Monday, September 26, 2022, 6:00. Don’t delay, register today to receive your commemorative Step Up walk t-shirt.

Donations for this Team will be accepted through the end of the year.

Welcome to "Anna Banana’s Bunch" page.

We are thrilled to have you join us in celebrating individuals with Down syndrome at this very special event. Your support and fundraising efforts provide therapeutic programs and services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families in our community. Down Syndrome Innovations serves over 1,900 families, 22 hospitals, 45 school districts and dozens of early childhood and adult service provider organizations in Kansas and Missouri. "Anna Banana’s Bunch" would love to have you walk with us. We appreciate all the support we can get! Together make a difference!

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A Special Message From "Anna Banana’s Bunch"

This is our 18th year participating in the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk (I know, how is that even possible!). It is our favorite day of the year as we celebrate Anna, all that she means to all of us and all that she has taught us! We also walk to support all of the friends and family in the Down Syndrome community here in in Kansas City. This is a special year as Anna is a Senior in High School! The support we have received over her life from Down Syndrome Innovations (formerly known as the DSG or Down Syndrome Guild) has been a tremendous factor in navigating all the twists and turns that have come our way over the past 17+ years. Programs, resources, education and more have all been a big part of our journey and Anna would not be where she is today without all of that support and the special community that we are a part of. So join us again this year to celebrate Anna, the Down Syndrome community, and support this great organization. If you cannot join us in person, please consider making a donation. Every dollar counts as every program and resource they provide is a critical piece in supporting our loved ones with DS. We look forward to seeing you all on October 22nd! Love Anna, Jack, Robin and Chad


Team Members

Chad Weinand (captain)

Ainsley Spence

Alice Weinand

Alyana Spence

Anna Weinand

Brian Spence

Bryce Weinand

Catherine Hoffman

Cathy Butts

Christa Weinand

Christa Weinand

Cody Casteel

Dan Butts

Elsa Geerdes

Emma Weinand

Isla Sander

Isla Sander

Jack Weinand

James Nielsen

Jamie Weinand

Jay Geerdes

Joel Weinand

Kathleen Cigich

Keira Sander

Keira Sander

Ken Weinand

Kimberly Russell

Kyle Weinand

Kylie Weinand

Lindsay Sutter Lynch

Lisa Bushouse

Luke Thomlison

Marge Propst

Mariane Weinand

Marilyn Geerdes

Mary Sutter

Max Weinand

Mike Sutter

Olivia Nielsen

Papa Jesse Rocha

Patrick Lynch

Robin Weinand

Sara Spence

Scott Hoffman

Stephanie Reynolds

Team Donors

Darcy Morrison

Brian Crawley

Jenna Sutter Brown

Melinda & Matt Whiting

Kim Harrington

Karen Coffroth

Ben Basore

Tammy Friedl

Crissy Wright

Cathy Butts

Jay Geerdes

Marilyn Geerdes

Catherine Hoffman

Jon Balmer

Balmer Roofing & Solar

Oreoluwa Adedapo

GLMV Architecture

Zac Young

GLMV Architecture

Lisa Bushouse

James Nielsen

Sara Spence

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