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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.

Sam’s Sidekicks

Welcome Kelly Rogers

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

Team Information

Team Captain: Kelly Rogers EDIT


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In Honor of: Sam Rogers EDIT

Special Instructions from
Kelly Rogers

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A Special Message From "Sam’s Sidekicks"

This is our 27th Buddy Walk/Step Up Walk for Down Syndrome! Sam was still in the womb at our first walk in 1996. It was a tiny walk in numbers compared to now. It has come a long way and so has Sam. The little tike that was in the NICU for 3 weeks and hospitalized 5 times before he was 18 months old, now works 2 jobs, takes CLEAR classes at JCCC and is loving his life.


Team Members

Kelly Rogers (captain)

Alice Wilson

Amber Nowels

Amos Wilson

Amy Rogers

Amy Rogers

Andrew Wilson

Austin Smith

Bo Eckdahl

Brock Peterson

Christine Butaud

Eileen Pittenger

Isabella Nowels

Jennah Brooks

Jennah Brooks

Jennifer Peterson

Jeremy Brooks

Jeremy Brooks

Jo Ann Butaud

John Butaud

Joseph Butler

Lily Peterson

Madison Nowels

Maggie Goossen

Mike Butaud

Mike Palmer

Mike Rogers

Molly Wilson

Rod Nowels

Sam Rogers

Shane Goossen

Terri Butaud

Zachery Nowels

Team Donors

Molly Wilson

Jo Ann Butaud

Terri Butaud

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