First Lady to Raise Down Syndrome Awareness
Mar. 19, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's First Lady, Jeanette Herbert, will be lighting the Governor's Mansion this Wednesday, March 21st, with blue floodlights to raise Down syndrome awareness for the 2012 Light the Way campaign.
"As a mother of six, I know the challenges parents face in caring for their children, especially for those with intellectual disabilities. I also know that community involvement and support can improve the lives of these children and their families," said Mrs. Herbert.
Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder, affecting thousands in the state of Utah. On average, seventy three children are born with Down syndrome each year in Utah and Mrs. Herbert recognizes that developmental research for this disorder is vital to the health of Utah families. Recently, national non-profit groups like Research Down Syndrome (RDS) have made headway in developing treatments and expanding life opportunities for those affected by the disorder.
The national Light the Way campaign, which aims to increase public awareness and funding for innovative research, is also sponsored by New Jersey's First Lady, Mary Pat Christie, and other First Spouses across the country who will each light their respective homes in blue on Wednesday evening.
For more information about Down syndrome awareness and the Light the Way campaign, please visit http://www.researchds.org/index.php/light_the_way/.