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SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's First Lady, Jeanette Herbert, will be lighting the Governor's Mansion with blue floodlights this Thursday, March 21st, to raise awareness for Down syndrome and the 2013 Light the Way campaign.
 
"As a mother and grandmother, I understand the power of community support in facilitating change," Mrs. Herbert said, "Today we light the mansion in love for all those Utah families and individuals affected by Down syndrome, and together we can raise awareness of the hope and great potential cognitive research brings these individuals and loved ones."
 
Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder, affecting thousands in the state of Utah. 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. Research is also providing critical new insights regarding Alzheimer's disease and its potential treatments.
 
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 Thursday evening.
 
For more information about Down syndrome awareness, please visit http://www.researchds.org.

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