Today is World Down Syndrome Day – a special day when we celebrate all the unique individuals born with Down syndrome. Why this day? Because 3/21 is the perfect day to learn more about Trisomy 21 (the medical term for Down syndrome). Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome on their 21st pair. This is a congenital disorder caused by that chromosomal defect. Trisomy 21 is actually the most common chromosomal disorder. Having Down syndrome alters the individual’s development both intellectually and physically. But like every child of God, each individual is given a unique set of gifts, challenges, and characteristics.
This is my younger sister, Annie. Growing up, she could make me laugh until I cried. She has taught me about patience, love, perseverance, and the importance of routine. She has taught me to sing and dance with my whole heart and to enjoy the little things. She is a wonderful, thoughtful human being. She is a doting Auntie. And she is ROCKIN’ that extra chromosome.
In today’s society, we’re pressured to think that anything different is wrong; that disorders and defects should be eradicated. I can’t imagine my life without my sister. I can’t imagine a world where
these shining lights aren’t present to share their worth and teach us about compassion. God has blessed so many lives by bringing Annie, and those like her, into this world. Every life is a gift and I intend on celebrating that. I believe it is our job (and pleasure) to spread awareness of this diverse community. Let’s promote their importance and support their dreams!
Ruby’s Rainbow is a wonderful organization that raises money to send adults with Down syndrome to vocational schools and other secondary education classes. I would be honored if you joined me in donating $21 today to help them raise their goal.
John’s Crazy Socks is a fun company founded by John, a talented adult with Down syndrome, who wanted to share his love of crazy socks with the world. There are so many fun prints and themes to choose from! (I love the ones on the left, made especially for World Down Syndrome Day.)