John’s Crazy Socks has released a special Buddy Walk® sock to support the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and their Buddy Walk® Program. John Cronin, an entrepreneur and the co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks, happens to have Down syndrome. He collaborated with the NDSS on the design of the socks.
John said, “I love the Buddy Walks® and am so happy we could make these socks to support NDSS. These socks help us spread happiness.”
Kandi Pickard, the CEO of the NDSS, said, “We are so excited to collaborate with John on this project. The Buddy Walks are a celebration of people with Down syndrome and a way to bring the community together. These socks add to the fun.”
The beautiful athletic socks are white with the Buddy Walk® logo emblazoned across them. They are available in Large and Medium sizes for $13.99. John’s Crazy Socks donates 10 percent from each pair of socks to the NDSS.
Mark X. Cronin, John’s co-founder and father, said, “NDSS is such an important organization advocating for people with Down syndrome. And the Buddy Walks® are so energizing and inspiring. We are so grateful that we can support these wonderful events.”
John’s Crazy Socks is a national sponsor of this year’s Buddy Walk® program. The company sells many products – including their Down Syndrome Superhero Socks and Down Syndrome Awareness Socks – to raise money for the NDSS and has raised over $60,000 for NDSS. John is a member of the Board of the NDSS and both John and Mark serve as Ambassadors for the organization.
John Cronin said, “NDSS does so much for people with Down syndrome and I want to do all I can to help them. I love NDSS.”
The National Buddy Walk program has more than 250 events yearly with more than 325,000 participants across the globe. It has been ranked in the top 30 peer-to-peer fundraisers nationally since 2008 when records of the top fundraisers were being kept. Funds from the event directly support NDSS’ efforts to advocate for all individuals with Down syndrome (and their families) at the federal, state and local levels.
John’s Crazy Socks has also created a Buddy Walk® Fundraising Program to assist Buddy Walk® organizers in raising money.
The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive programming to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families with four main areas of programming which include: the National Advocacy & Policy Center, the National Buddy Walk® Program, Community Outreach and Resources and Public Awareness. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. For more information visit www.ndss.org.
About John’s Crazy Socks
John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise built on four pillars:
- Inspiration and Hope: We hire people with differing abilities, share videos to show what people can do, host school tours and school groups that come for work experience. We want the world to see what people with differing abilities can do.
- Giving Back: We donate 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics and raise money through our Sock of the Month Club and charity and awareness socks for our charity partners like Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of America, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Williams Syndrome Association. We have raised more than $360,000 for our charity partners and publish a monthly Giving Back Report.
- Socks You Can Love: We have over 2,000 different socks plus a Sock of the Month Club, gift boxes and gift bags. And our selection is matched by our customer service: Most customers receive their socks within two days of ordering.
- Making It Personal: Every package gets a thank-you note from John and some candy.