March 21 has been designated World Down Syndrome Day, to be observed every year beginning in 2012. A bit of history: The date of the 21st day of the 3rd month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. Sassafras Marketing is proud to observe World Down Syndrome Day. We do this by raising public awareness and helping create a single global voice for advocacy, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
Geoff’s Aunt Rosalie
“Today we celebrate and recognize people with Down syndrome. People much like my Aunt Rosalie, who passed away January 2, 2017. Although she is gone and it was a sad time, when I think about my family’s experiences with Rosalie it makes me smile. My wish for you is that you get to encounter an individual that has Down syndrome. It will be an experience of true and genuine fun, laughter and (most of all) love. These are characteristics and emotions that we all thrive on and desire more of in our lives.
Some people feel sorry for families that have members with Down syndrome, but I would argue that Rosalie was the greatest blessing God could have bestowed on my family.
In addition, today we also celebrate the people, families and organizations like Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG). These wonderful people work tirelessly to provide education, jobs and resources to our loved ones. Thanks for all you do.
Rosalie is the inspiration for Sassafras Marketing’s partnership with DSG. We lend support by doing what we do best- our work!” – GEOFF
About Down Syndrome
Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition at 1 in every 800 births. Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels. More than 250,000 people in the United States are living with the condition. Down syndrome is not a disease and people do not suffer from it. They are born with Down syndrome and will have it their whole life. They cannot give it to someone else and they cannot be cured of it.
Common physical traits of Down syndrome include low muscle tone, small stature, almond-shaped eyes. Some have a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.
Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. People with Down syndrome are attending college, marrying and working competitively in their communities in increasing numbers.
*”About Down Syndrome” information provided by DSG