On March 21st, we celebrate “World Down Syndrome Day” (WDSD).
Why March 21st?
The date for WDSD being 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. WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st, as World Down Syndrome Day with the purpose of raising public awareness of Down syndrome.
How Do I Play the Game?
To help celebrate this year, I invite you to join our “21 Days of Down Syndrome, Peter, and Other Fun Facts” game! Starting today, and through March 21st, I will publish a short CarePages, blog (www.krausebears.com), and FaceBook post. To win, all you have to do is put a comment that you read the entry. Feel free to share more about how Down syndrome has influenced your life. In order to get two entries and help us build awareness, I ask that you share the posts with your friends, family, co-workers, or all those FaceBook friends you are not sure where you picked up along the way! Let me know how you’ve helped spread the word, and you will be entered twice that day. On March 21st, I will randomly select 3 people to receive a fun goody package to celebrate you helping us build awareness. No need to be local, I will ship to you.
Day #1: What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition, in which an individual has a full or partial extra copy of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. There are approximately 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the USA alone. Down syndrome does not discriminate, it occurs in people of all races and economic levels.
Peter was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. Markers were first caught in a routine ultrasound, and confirmation was obtained through an amniocentesis. Looking at our little dude swimming around on the screen during the ultrasound, he looked like a little teddy bear with short little arms and legs. During our pregnancy journey, he fondly became Baby Bear. People around the world prayed for Baby Bear! As he grew bigger, the nickname transitioned to Peter Bear. A name he still proudly wears today as a nearly 9 year old little dude.