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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Health

Mission: To provide educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, inclusion and advancement for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delay through unique venues.

Target demographics: Serving families touched by Down syndrome and developmental delays globally.

Programs: Expenses associated with providing expert presenters for buddy cruise conference and events. Educational resources for families touched by special needs.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Mark194

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Been on 2 Buddy cruises with my Daughter who has cerebral palsy and we felt like a part of a family.I does not matter what your Disabilities is your always treated and loved like family ......I could go on and on but you need too go on a buddy cruise to get the whole experience

Vaughan C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SO MUCH FUN!!! The connections and memories you make on this cruise will last a lifetime!

2 dan kulp

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a speaker/comedian who has the privilege of performing all over the U.S., with a primary focus being Special Needs Organizations (Down Syndrome Association, Autism Societies, Special Olympics, etc.), the Buddy Cruise rises to the top as one of the best conferences available to people with Ds and their friends and families. As I always say, it is the only conference I can think of in which ideas of inclusion and awareness are happening simultaneously with the conference itself, as the "Buddy Cruisers" enjoy the many amenities and activities of the ship, and touching lives everywhere on board. Exposure is key in opening hearts and minds for people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Cruise does an A1 job in making this happen! While traveling, i never hesitate to promote this event as an "must" for anyone touched by someone special with that wonderful extra chromosome! ..the food is better than most conferences too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The passion and enthusiasm of the leaders of this organization is truly inspiring. Bringing a conference like this on board a ship is genius in that it not only provides all of the resources, entertainment and speakers which benefit its attendees - but it also helps raise the awareness of everyone else on board about the joy of those who have Ds! Other conferences may talk about this, but the Buddy Cruise does it simultaneosly with the conference itself.

If i were ever to hit an iceberg while on board a cruise ship, and had only a few hours left to live, I'd want my final moments to be with these folks!

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Board Member

Rating: 5


I cannot begin to express how The Buddy Cruise has enriched my life. The concept of Buddy Cruise was that of my older children in honor of their younger brother. The idea of a Down syndrome conference with expert speakers on board a cruise ship was quite appealing; however, before the inaugural voyage was over we realized this was SO much more. Being able to spend so much quality time with other families who share your experiences is unmatched. Learning with and from others who have walked this walk before you and being able to inspire those whose journey is just beginning surpasses any conference or vacation experience I have ever had. I think having the “down” time to vacation with the families and really form bonds between the sessions and in port make this so unique. Now in its 4th year, The Buddy Cruise is becoming more like a big reunion with so many returning each year to welcome into the Buddy Cruise family those who are sailing with us for the first time.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been on 3 Buddy Cruises with my wife and two young daughters. We had a fantastic time on all the cruises and have meet some great familes. The Buddy Cruise provides the opportunity to vacation with other families who have kids with Down syndrome. It's great to see all the kids included in all the ship's activities. They provide lectures and workshops to educate families on various Down syndrome topics.

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1 Christina H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my son is 19 and finding friends is no easy task we met a dozen people around the right age with down's on our first buddy cruise . Zach had alot of fun and met alot of potental friends , Zach has been talking about that cruise longer than he has ever talked about any other activity we are looking forward to oct. this time we are going to be sure and give contact info to everyone, finding adult friends now that zach is out of school is vary important to us he has been less shy every since the cruise i also met alot of parents who understand the life we live the joy and the hardships we all have i wish there were more events like this

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was my second buddy cruise and had a blast on both of them. Lifelong friendships have been forged because of the common bond we all share - our love for our Buddies! Looking forward to the upcoming cruise in October - Can't Wait! Awesome cruise, great directors and lots of useful information.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


I cannot wait to sail with my newfound friends and their families.
They are truly an inspiration!
May God Bless them.
Rosa and Erik


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Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned of Buddy Cruise in 2009 and think that it provides wonderful opportunities for people with Down Syndrome and their families to get together for fellowship, sharing experiences and solutions, learning, and fun. I have heard all positive reports from people who have participated in Buddy Cruise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Families and friends who give of themselves to raise amazing kids with Down syndrome are never alone in this world. They receive phenomenal support from Buddy Cruise, Inc. It is this fantastic non-profit group that reaches out to families who have been touched with Down syndrome, from prenatal through adulthood. Their annual awareness conference, Buddy Cruise, brings these families and friends together from all over the globe, forming bonds and lasting friendships. It is a privilege to be a part of this unique event, and cruise with such wonderful people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise is a truly wonderful event! I learned about it last year, and was so impressed with this idea! It is a great way for families of children who have Down's Syndrome (and those children) to get together in a fun-filled, yet educational atmosphere where they can learn about Down's Syndrome and find a connective network of support. The organzation and planning that goes into creating this event is extraordinary, and I know hundreds of children and families have benefitted from this amazing opportunity. As an individual who works with children who have Down's Syndrome and their families on a regular basis, I can truly say that the Buddy Cruise is an unbelievable opportunity! I would highly recommend it to anyone who asks!!

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1 Carla E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful opportunity for families with children and adults with Down Syndrome to come together. I love that it is a cruise that combines learning, information and fun for everyone for all ages. It is so hard to find activities to do with our children where their needs are thought of. This cruise has it all. I'm glad that families through out the world can enjoy it too. It brings everyone together. And besides the Buddy Walks this is the only other event in the entire the year that is like that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that Buddy Cruise is the ideal get-away for Down syndrome families. Where else can we learn so much, fellowship with other familes, promote awareness, and have what I consider to be the perfect family vacation, all in one event? The speakers are top-notch, the cruise line is wonderfully accomodating, and the bonds that are formed among families and between the children are indescribable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a co-founder of a regional support group representing individuals living with Down syndrome, I have to say that this group is one of the best in advocating for individuals living with Down syndrome. My family has been on two Buddy Cruises and we will be making our third cruise in October.

I would strongly recommend the Buddy Cruise to anyone, especially those who life has been enriched by Down syndrome in some fashion, to come aboard and see for themselves what all of the excitement is all about. You will leave with a lifetime of memories to share for many years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of a child with Down Syndrome you spend your every waking moment searching for someplace your child and family can feel "normal". Buddy Cruise is just that place! It gives families the opportunity to share their lives and experiences that enables you to take a deep breath and realize that your life is more "normal" than you had realized!!

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1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Buddy Cruise is a wonderful and exciting way to serve families with disabilities. It is so rare that familes with children with Down Syndrome have the opportunity to enjoy a time of relaxation, instruction, and good, no pressure family and friend time. I can only speak with the highest praise for the dedication and service of those individuals who have organized Buddy Cruise adventures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Buddy Cruise is a fabulous opportunity to share experiences, meet wonderful new people and have a great vacation at the same time! The folks who put this trip together offer such a wonderful combination of cutting edge information, top notch professionals and great entertainment that it's impossible not to have a fantastic time! There's something for everybody on the Buddy Cruise!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise is an organization that from it's first voyage has changed my life forever.
I am one of the founders, as well as a parent of a child with DS. When we started the organization our son was three and the thought was to bring together families that shared a common bond. What we got has been so much more. The Buddy Cruise has become our extended family. Everyone who sails with us will forever be connected to each other through the bond of shared experiences, hopes, dreams and memories.
Words can not express the gratitude we have for the educational speakers that have donated their time and expertise to enlighten us. My hope is that this family continues to grow and continues to spread the mission of education, awareness and inclusion that Buddy Cruise has come to represent.
I can't wait to see everyone on the 2011 sailing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a co-founder and executive director of a regional support group representing individuals living with Down syndrome, I have to say that this group is one of the finest in advocating for individuals living with Down syndrome. I have been on two Buddy Cruises and will be making my third cruise in October, this time as a presenter and ambassador.

For many in the Down syndrome community, this event is a once in a lifetime opportunity and they are treated with a very classy and most informative venue. From seminars and meetings to romps on the beaches, each person has time to step away from the everyday life and into something magical. An experience where they not only will learn so much, but a week to meet and make new friends, hear new ideas, celebrate accomplishments and just simply have fun doing it.

I would strongly recommend the Buddy Cruise to anyone, especially those affected by Down syndrome in some fashion, to come aboard and see firsthand what all of the excitement is all about. You will disembark with a lifetime of memories to share for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an absolutely amazing time on the Buddy Cruise. This adventure was extremely entertaining and informative at the same time. I met so many inspiring people and it was truly the experience of a lifetime. The Arnoldson family are incredible people and have created a fantastic opportunity for a remarkable cause. It was an honor to be a part of something so magnificent!!!

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