Residents raise awareness for Down Syndrome

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) —¬†More than 250 people helped raise awareness about Down Syndrome in the Valley.

On Saturday night, the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley held its first World Down Syndrome Day celebration.

It’s part of global effort to raise awareness and let everyone know people with down syndrome are just like everyone else, it just takes them a little longer to do things.

The celebration was held on Saturday for a specific reason.

“3-21 is symbolic for three copies of the 21st chromosome and individuals with Down Syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome. That’s what makes it special,” said Michele Jones of the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley.

Down Syndrome Association of the Valley is also gearing up for its annual Buddy Walk at the shops at Boardman Park. Around 2,000 people attend the annual fundraiser each year.

This year’s buddy walk is set for Aug. 8.


 

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