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Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk


Clare's Crusaders - Team Captain: Susanne Conrad
Come and walk with Clare's Crusaders on October 26, 2013 at the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk & Festival! 

Hello, Family and Friends!!!

It is time again for the annual Step Up for Down syndrome walk. We greatly appreciate all the walkers, donors and prayers we have received over the past 2 years.  This walk is very important for the Kansas City Area Down syndrome community. It provides vital funds that stay in this area. The Down Syndrome Guild (DSG) has been a wonderful support to us and will be even more of a support as Clare gets older.  DSG uses the donations to provide expectant parents support, new parent support,  an annual conference, seminars, workshops, inclusion information,  wonderful networking events,  sibling support,  teen social support and adult groups. We are very blessed to be in an area that can provide us with such great resources.

Please consider being a part of our team!!

The Walk is Saturday morning,  October 26th. If you would like a T-shirt with the team name please sign up as a walker before Friday September 27th. More walk details will be available on this website so check back closer to the event. 

Please see below for more details on how your dollars will help the KC Down syndrome community. Thank you


The Conrad Family

Are you Ready to Step Up for Down Syndrome? Did you know that each year 5,000 babies are born with Down syndrome and that there are over 400,000 individuals living with Down syndrome in the United States?


The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG) serves over 1,200 families and partners with 22 hospitals, 45 school districts and countless service providers in Kansas and Missouri. We invite you to Step Up and support our members and the work of the DSG by participating in one of the largest celebrations for Down syndrome in the nation. Our 2012 walk was a smashing success thanks to 345 teams, 8,776 walkers and 400 volunteers!  Will you be there to help us cross the finish line this year?


Your participation in the walk shows you support inclusion and acceptance for people with Down syndrome and recognize their many gifts, talents and contributions to society. We envision a bright future with your help.


Each step you take and every dollar you raise will help the DSG continue to provide vital programs and services offering educational and social support to people with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who serve them. Important work waits to be done to enhance research, education and advocacy programs.

Your support is critical in making these programs a reality.


What difference can you make by Stepping Up?


* When you raise $100 you help DSG provide two families with hospital meal vouchers during extended hospital stays.

* When you raise $200 you help DSG provide a family experiencing a new diagnosis a welcome basket full of gifts and resources on Down syndrome.

* When you raise $250 you help DSG host a quarterly social activity for teens and adults with Down syndrome.

* When you raise $500 you help DSG host a quarterly support breakfast for parents and grandparents.

* When you raise $750 you help DSG provide conference scholarships to educators and professionals who support individuals with Down syndrome.

* When you raise $1000 you help DSG publish an issue of our award winning Connections Newsletter.


View DSG's Programs & Services Brochure, 2012 Annual Report and organizational video to learn more about how the funds you raise are used to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome.


We thank you for your generous support of Clare's Crusaders and look forward to seeing you Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk & Festival!







Team Goal



Team Roster

Clyde Bartel
Dale Bartel
Dan Bartel
Emery Bartel
Jared Bartel
Jeanene Bartel
Linda Bartel
Marc Bartel
Mia Bartel
Nettie Bartel
Ruth Bartel
Megan Belcher
Clare Conrad
Colin Conrad
Elise Conrad
Gary Conrad
Michael Conrad
Sean Conrad
Susanne Conrad
Suzanne Conrad
Sydney Conrad
Laura Deffer
Nicholas Deffer
Jo Glatt
Roy Glatt
Laura Logan
Laura Logan
Alan Lueth
Dave Lueth
Shirley Lueth
Tracy and Sam Vandover

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My Donors

Baker Family
Charlie & Amy Bartel
In Honor of Clare
Jared+Nettie Bartel
Jeanene Bartel
The Belcher Bartels
Lynda Belcher
Lake Ladies Bunko
Joe and Cheryl Biesterfeld
The Bolte Family
Iley Burkett
Chris & Laura Conrad
Gary Conrad
Laura Deffer
Matt and Amy Doerfler
Elser Family
Luis & Anita
Jennifer Hyson
Linenberger Family
Presley Logan and Family
Shirley & Dave Lueth
The Perz Family
Larry & Judy Poduska
Sri & James
The Slechta Family
The Vandover Family
Bill and Jackie Wethor

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