Sunday, March 20, 2011

World Down syndrome celebration a success!

Greetings to all!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out to McKey Park yesterday (3/19) to help celebrate World Down syndrome day.  We celebrated the joy of the extra 21st chromosome!  World Down syndrome day is actually recognized on 3/21, but Saturdays are a better day for most people, so we celebrated 2 days early!

For those who do not know, 3/21 was picked because those who have a diagnosis of Down syndrome have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome.  World Down syndrome day was established to show that those who have Down syndrome are vital and important parts of society, that their lives matter and make a difference.  All over the world, people will honor and help to promote acceptance and understanding of those with Down syndrome.  I was honored to be a part of this yesterday. 

Thank you to those families who helped donate to the lunch and your time in helping to reach out to others in our community.  Down syndrome was represented in the age ranges of 2 months-37 years of age.  It was a beautiful afternoon in South Georgia with clear, blue skies and perfect temperatures in the high 70's/low 80's.  The kids enjoyed playing at the park, while the adults enjoyed making new friendships and sharing stories.  We ended our outing with a balloon release to honor our children and all those with Down syndrome. 

This was the first official outing of the DSA of South Ga and again I say thank you to those who came out and supported the group.   I look forward to meeting all of you again in the future.  As we continue to grow, please let us know how we can be of any service to you.  Pictures to follow soon.

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