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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.

Miracle Michael’s Village

Welcome Tonja Thaxton

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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

Check back here regularly where we will provide you with important updates about the event. If your Team Captain has any special instructions, you’ll find those below.

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 "Miracle Michael’s Village" 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. "Miracle Michael’s Village" would love to have you walk with us. We appreciate all the support we can get! Together make a difference!

Team Information

Team Captain: Tonja Thaxton EDIT


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In Honor of: Michael ThaxtonEDIT

Special Instructions from
Tonja Thaxton

I will be picking up everyone's shirts this Thursday. At that time, I will also know where our tent will be and will post another note with the location. I will have drinks and snacks for everyone and like last year, lunch is provided by KFC. For those that won't be able to make it, I will either deliver or mail your shirt. We look forward to seeing everyone!!


A Special Message From "Miracle Michael’s Village"

When we were blessed with our miracle baby, Michael, we didn't know anything about Down Syndrome. The information and support we received from DSI was amazing! Now we just want to help in any way we can to bring awareness and help others that might be traveling down the same road. What an incredible journey it is!!


Team Members

Tonja Thaxton (captain)

Alex Hamilton-Jurani

Andrew Hamilton

Austin Stephens

Babette Thaxton

Calyssa McClain

Chris Pruitt

Christina Hamilton-Jurani

Darcie Sand

Delynn Abati

Elizabeth Dominguez

Evangeline Younger

Gina Stones

Jennifer Stephens

Jennifer Kintzel

Jennifer Younger

Khloe Kimball

Mark Hobson

Matthew Lang

Michael Thaxton

Michaela Welborn

Mike Thaxton

Miranda Miller


Noah Pruitt

Sandra Abati

Tamara Kimball

Tony Abati

Tylor Welborn

Willey Abati

Team Donors

Dixie Pruitt

Tonja Thaxto

Gina Stones

Tamara Kimball

Elizabeth Dominguez

Chris Pruitt

Staci Thaxton

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