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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.

Rhys’s Rockets

Welcome Laura Burke

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

Team Information

Team Captain: Laura Burke EDIT


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In Honor of: Rhys BurkeEDIT

Special Instructions from
Laura Burke

Please check back here Friday for team tent location information! This year we get to pick our spot Thursday night. You will find us in a white tent with a blue and red vinyl banner! We don’t get shirts until Friday, so plan to get your shirt at the team tent on Saturday ❤️


A Special Message From "Rhys’s Rockets"

Rhys is 11 years old and a 4th grader in Lee’s Summit, MO. He loves space, movies, basketball, and just about anything else he gets to try. He works hard in school but also at home through therapy and family obligations. He is a great help to his cousin Zozo and loves it when she is with us.


Team Members

Laura Burke (captain)

Alisa Friedrich

Ann Kim

Ava Hogan

Caty Norman-Burke

Dave Van Fleet

David Friedrich

Kay Van Fleet

Macy Ellison

Michelle Burke

Mike Burke

Rachael Hogan

Tawna Noftzger

Thomas Noftzger

Team Donors

Rhys Burke

Rod and Pat Walsh

Tawna Noftzger

David Friedrich

Rachael Hogan

Kay Van Fleet

Ann Kim

Mike Burke

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