Wednesday, March 21st is the day we wear crazy and unique socks to raise awareness of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal condition, occurring once in every 700 babies born in the United States.* I had the opportunity this week to go over some research and reflect on some personal experiences.
To my faithful blog followers, you will remember my cousin Joanne. I found her obituary online. She passed away in 1962 at the age of 14. That was above the average age (ten years old) in 1960 for the life expectancy of someone with Down syndrome. By 2007, the life expectancy had climbed to 47. Now, the life expectancy is 60 years or more. We have learned a lot about how to better support a family with a new baby born with Down syndrome, medically and developmentally, through early interventions, for a healthy, happy and long life.
Most of us will never win the Nobel Prize or be a Super Bowl winning quarterback. However, we can all aspire to live a healthy, happy and long life. To me, that says we are all more alike than different.
Celebrate with me and in what we have learned over the years and rock your crazy socks this Wednesday in honor of it!
For all you KenCrest employees, please send your “sock” pictures to Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take a chance on winning the best sock prize this year…more socks anyone?
*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. About 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year