Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

Phil, Charlotte, Jonathan and I want to wish you all a Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

Today is March 21st , the day set aside in countries all around the globe to celebrate those with Down syndrome.   Why was this date chosen?  Well, most people have 46 chromosomes in each cell of their bodies.  People with Down syndrome have 47, with an extra, or third chromosome,  on the 21st pair.  That’s why Down syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21,  and the date to celebrate Down syndrome awareness was chosen to reflect this trisomy  – (3/21 – March 21 :-))

According to the World Down Syndrome Day website, “the aims of World Down Syndrome Day are to promote awareness and understanding, seek international support and achieve dignity, equal rights and a better life for people with Down syndrome everywhere.”

Can’t think of a better way to spend a day :-)!

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