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We are so excited to have East Tennessee’s own, Houston Vandergriff, return as the Grand Marshal of our 2021 Buddy Walk®.

Houston is a travel photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He has traveled far and wide and hopes his photographs will inspire others to live life to the fullest and to live life with compassion. Houston has a simple vision with his photography: Make the world a better place. You can see his work and learn more about him here.

We are equally excited to have the Sunshine Ambassadors to also be attending the 2022 FRIENDS Buddy Walk as Grand Marshals. Sunshine Ambassadors are enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities through dance!

Let the dancing begin!

Buddy Walk®, established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society, promotes awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. To read more about the history, development, and current practices of the National Buddy Walk please visit the National Down Syndrome Society website.

We thank the following GOLD sponsors for their generous support of our Buddy Walk®.

Jiffy Lube® Logo
Team CRS
Hoilman Construction Company
Collins Shipley, PLLC
Michael Walker Realty & Auction

We thank the following SILVER sponsors for their generous support of our Buddy Walk®.

Optimum Diesel
TN State Representative Rebecca Alexander


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Johnson City, TN 37602




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