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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.

Azlynn’s Avalanche and Jordan’s Joggers

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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.

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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 "Azlynn’s Avalanche and Jordan’s Joggers" 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. "Azlynn’s Avalanche and Jordan’s Joggers" would love to have you walk with us. We appreciate all the support we can get! Together make a difference!

Team Information

Team Captain: Gerica Bankson EDIT


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In Honor of: Azlynn and JordanEDIT

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Gerica Bankson

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A Special Message From "Azlynn’s Avalanche and Jordan’s Joggers"

Welcome to year 3 of the combined Jordan's Joggers and Azlynn's Avalanche! The original team, Jordan’s Joggers, has been going strong for about 16 years. This event is one of the largest fundraisers for Down Syndrome Innovations and many children like ours benefit greatly from the services they provide. Last year Azlynn got to experience the in-person event and Jordan was able to volunteer for the first time. It made our hearts so happy to be back at the walk and see the support from our family and friends. We also enjoyed seeing all of our new friends that we found through DSI. If you were unable to attend last year, we would love to have you join in the fun. Jordan is a junior in high school and continues to be the manager for the football team. He enjoys high school and all of the social events that come with it! As you all know Jordan is a social butterfly, so school is right up his alley with all of his friends. Among other things, Jordan continues to enjoy playing softball with his Exceptionals team, his horseback riding lessons, and of course his video games! Azlynn is a 4th grader and loves listening and singing to music. Last school year, Azlynn started dance class at Gabby’s House of Dance and her group is called the ExtraOrdinary Troupe. She is so excited to get it started again. During the summer she enjoyed spending time with her teacher, swimming and going to SOAR camp. She has made so many gains this past school year and we can’t wait to see what happens this year. Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to support our children. It is hard to describe in words the joy you all bring to this event because it means you love our children so much. Love, The Bankson and Lock Families


Team Members

Gerica Bankson (captain)

Addison Dunn

Amanda Lloyd

Andrew Vetter

Asa Bankson

Ashley Stecklein

Ashlynn Mann

Atlas Vetter

Azlynn Bankson

Belinda Rich

Brett Bankson

Cali Newell

Cindy Locke

Collin Murphy

Connor Beshears

Derek Dunn

Elizabeth Barnett

Erin Mann

Frannie Brady

Genevieve Newell

Georgia Brady

Gina Overton

Hammeke Taellor

Hannah Wildish

Jack Rich

Jeanne Gawith

Jeannine Rachor

Jennifer Murphy

John Locke

Jonna Dunn

Jordan Locke

Journeie Jackson

Judy Iveson

Justin Locke

Kai Mann

Katie Vervynck

Kevin Murphy

Laura Gregoire

Mackenzie Dunn

Maia Vetter

Meaghan Burton

Michelle Vetter

Rebecca Davies

Riley Sanders

Ross Newell

Ryan Gregoire

Shannon ZurMuehlen

Sharon Bean

Sid Vetter

Skylar Newell

Trevor Murphy

Team Donors

David Bankson

Natalie Lucas

Nina Troester

Meaghan Burton

Jonna Dunn

Temperance Logistics

Cathy & John O'Connor

Sharon Bean

Rebecca Davies

Laura Gage

Jennifer Murphy

Kaylee Tyler

Jeannine Rachor

Denise Brown

Belinda Rich

Lacey Hunter

Gina Overton

Sid Vetter

Robert Mitchell

Heather Foose

Gene & Bev Putthoff

Ann Garth

Mike&Mary Burdick

Lisa Thompson

Erin Mann

Lisa Monteleone

Cheryl Atkinson

Bill & Ginny Phillips

Adrienne Frazier

Ashley Stecklein

Linda McConnell

Brett Bankson

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