On October 21, a Steptoe team consisting of more than 25 walkers participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk on the National Mall. Steptoe was the 2nd place fundraising team, raising nearly $45,000. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk, this year chaired by Steptoe partner Shannen Coffin, is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The walk plays a key role in funding Best Buddies programs dedicated to one-to-one friendships, leadership development, and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. Each walk provides an opportunity to see the Best Buddies mission in action at a local level.
Proceeds from the Best Buddies Friendship Walk provide the necessary tools for people with IDD to become more independent and valued members of our society. Since the walk’s inception in 2009, more than 70,000 participants in 46 cities have walked to raise awareness for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with IDD.