Last weekend, my family and I went to a family walk called Step Up for Down syndrome by Mile High Down Syndrome Association (MHDSA).
Last weekend, my family and I went to a family walk called Step Up for Down syndrome by Mile High Down Syndrome Association (MHDSA). This is the second year in a row we have walked for Walking for Will. Will is just one of the many teams that were in the walk. He had a smile on his face when he saw all of his family and friends by his side. There were 3300 participants and a total of $233,000 was raised.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that happens when a baby is born with three, rather than the usual two copies of chromosome 21. It occurs frequently and about 1 in 733 live births have Down syndrome. Over 350,000 people in the US have Down syndrome. They sometimes have other medical problems such as heart defect, low muscle tone, and seizures. They play a big part in the community, schools and jobs. Some live with their family, some with friends and some live on their own
.In the early 1900's, life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was 9 years and now it is 55-60 years. They have goals and dreams and this walk is a great way to help accomplish them.
The walk is really fun, and there is a choice of 1 or 2 miles. They had pancakes, restaurants donated food and there was a fun band. Volunteers also served water during the walk.
The entry fee included a t-shirt but our team had their own t-shirts made. It was a great way to get together with family and support a good cause at the same time.