CHARLESTON, W.Va.-First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today announced the West Virginia Governor's Mansion will shine blue, March 21, 2013, for World Down Syndrome Day. In an effort to raise awareness of Down syndrome cognitive research, the national Light the Way campaign encourages homeowners to shine a blue porch light tomorrow evening.
"Today, as a result of nonprofit groups such as Research Down Syndrome, groundbreaking advances have been made which could possibly increase life expectancy and opportunities for those with Down syndrome," First Lady Tomblin said. "The Light the Way campaign is a simple way to show support and I encourage all West Virginians to light their homes in blue on March 21st."
Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder in the nation, affecting about one in every 800 American babies. It affects more than 400,000 individuals in the United States and just under 6 million people worldwide. With help from nonprofit groups like Research Down Syndrome, researchers are creating and putting into practice new, advanced techniques and methods which enhance brain function and cognition. These simple improvements in research will help enable individuals with Down syndrome to function much more independently, ultimately improving their lifespan and quality of life.
First Lady Tomblin joins First Lady Mary Pat Christie of New Jersey and other First Spouses to raise awareness of the nonprofit group Research Down Syndrome and its efforts to continue cognitive research. The Light the Way campaign seeks to motivate both the Down syndrome community and general public to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to reach their fullest potential and lead independent lives.
About Light the Way:
The Light the Way campaign seeks to add support to Research Down Syndrome's efforts to educate and increase awareness and funding for Down syndrome cognitive research. For more information, visit http://www.researchds.org/index.php/light_the_way