Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Downs Syndrome and How YOU Can Help

I would like to introduce you to Hadley.  She is the daughter of one of my co-workers who has Downs Syndrome.  Every year Hadley and her family along with friends and extended family help to raise money for Downs Syndrome.

I asked her mother before I shared with everyone because I know it can be a sensitive subject putting your personal business out to the public from someone else.  I wanted to help her and her family in any way possible to help raise awareness of Downs Syndrome.

Here is an excerpt from her sponsorship page:

Our sweet girl is raising money and awareness for Down syndrome. The Louisville office has helped us in many ways over the last 10 years and this is our way of giving back to a wonderful cause. We appreciate all the support from our family and friends over the last 10 years and we want to continue to build awareness so everyone will know how special this sweet girl is. Thank you for your donations and support for Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc.. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

The following information is from NDSS.org

One in every 691 babies in the the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common genetic condition. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. 

 Instead of the usual 46 chromosomes present in each cell, Lejeune observed 47 in the cells of individuals with Down syndrome. It was later determined that an extra partial or whole copy of chromosome 21 results in the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. In the year 2000, an international team of scientists successfully identified and catalogued each of the approximately 329 genes on chromosome 21. This accomplishment opened the door to great advances in Down syndrome research.

There is no definitive scientific research that indicates that Down syndrome is caused by environmental factors or the parents' activities before or during pregnancy. 
The additional partial or full copy of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome can originate from either the father or the mother. Approximately 5% of the cases have been traced to the father.  All 3 types of Down syndrome are genetic conditions (relating to the genes), but only 1% of all cases of Down syndrome have a hereditary component (passed from parent to child through the genes).  Heridity is not a factor in trisomy 21 (nondisjunction) and mosaicism.  However, in one third of cases of Down syndrome resultuing from translocation there is a heriditary compontent - accounting for about 1% of all cases of Down syndrome. 
Individuals with Down syndrome are becoming increasingly integrated into society and community organizations, such as school, health care systems, work forces, and social and recreational activities. Individuals with Down syndrome possess varying degrees of cognitive delays, from very mild to severe. Most people with Down syndrome have cognitive delays that are mild to moderate. 
Due to advances in medical technology, individuals with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before. In 1910, children with Down syndrome were expected to survive to age nine. With the discovery of antibiotics, the average survival age increased to 19 or 20. Now, with recent advancements in clinical treatment, most particularly corrective heart surgeries, as many as 80% of adults with Down syndrome reach age 60, and many live even longer. More and more Americans are interacting with individuals with Down syndrome, increasing the need for widespread public education and acceptance.
I personally never knew anyone with Downs Syndrome and I make it a point to acknowledge people that I come in contact with that does have Downs Syndrome.  I can not image what or how they feel but I am sure that at times they may feel invisible.  I choose to be a recluse sometimes because I don't do very well in social situations but that is a choice I can make.  People with Downs Syndrome do not have that choice and it breaks my heart.

To know that people are quick to dismiss people whom are not like them physically and mentally just burns my nerves to no end.  People can be so cruel and mean at times but I want this post to remind people that we are all the same on the inside.   God made us all perfect in his image and his gift to us is life.  So I am sharing this with everyone in hopes that everyone will take a moment and help Hadley and her family raise the funds that they are trying to raise.

I ask that you please share this post with all of your friends, family, co-workers and all over your social media sites.  Help me help Hadley and others just like her.  You can click on her picture above and be directed to her site specifically and help them out.  They are trying to reach $5,000 by October 3 and so far they only have $845.00.  So won't you help me with this and let's help Hadley know she has made a difference by giving to this great cause.  Click here to help show your support.

God Bless you and keep sharing this with everyone.

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