GOVERNOR blagojevich SIGNS Down Syndrome AWARENESS PROCLAMATION
Released on = September 26, 2006, 12:30 pm
Press Release Author = DS Support, Inc.
Industry = Non Profit
Press Release Summary = GOVERNOR blagojevich today signed a proclamation marking October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Illinois.
Press Release Body = Date: September 20, 2006
GOVERNOR blagojevich SIGNS Down Syndrome AWARENESS PROCLAMATION GOVERNOR blagojevich today signed a proclamation marking October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Illinois.
The text of the Governor's proclamation is as follows: Whereas, approximately one in every 733 children are born with Down syndrome, representing approximately 5,000 births per year in United States; and
Whereas, while research and early intervention have resulted in dramatic improvements in the lifespan and potential of those who are affected, more investigation is needed in the causes and treatment of Down syndrome; and
Whereas, people with Down syndrome possess a wide range of abilities, and are active participants in educational, occupational, social, and recreational circles of the community; and Whereas, developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995, the Buddy Walk is an annual event in cities across Illinois and the nation celebrating the accomplishments of children and adults with Down syndrome; and
Whereas, DS Support has supported families who have children with disabilities, and special healthcare needs for 6 years in Illinois and desires to increase the support network and support groups of those with Down syndrome across our state; and Whereas, the goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote increased understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome, while raising funds for scientific research into the causes and treatment.
Therefore, I, Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim October 2006 as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Illinois, and encourage all citizens to work together to promote awareness of Down syndrome and to celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals and their families.
For more information on the Buddy Walk or DS Support, contact Jennifer Paganessi at DS Support (815) 439-8693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Media representatives interested in covering the event should contact Jennifer Paganessi, at 815-439-8693. Down syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality affecting more than 350,000 people in the United States. Individuals with Down syndrome possess a wide range of abilities and are active participants in the educational, occupational, social and recreational activities of the community.
Web Site = http://www.dssupport.net/buddywalk
Contact Details = DS Support Jennifer Paganessi 10052 S Bode Rd, Unit D Plainfield, IL 60585 815-439-8693 email@example.com