Great to see article on Down syndrome

I can barely contain myself as I sit here with tears streaming down my face. I have just finished reading the article on Down syndrome featured on the Mini Page of the NeXt section of The News. My husband and I have two grandchildren with Down syndrome (ages 3 and 6)and we know the work that goes into the smallest accomplishment of a child with Down syndrome and the worries the parents face.
While visiting with a friend recently, I had mentioned the walk for Down syndrome awareness held on Sept. 29. It was a mile walk from Coca Cola Field to the harbor and back, but I had not seen any news coverage of this event. While there were many other very worthwhile and important events that day covered by the media, this made me feel sad because there are so many questions and misconceptions regarding Down syndrome. We as a community should be aware of not only the challenges but also the many accomplishments of those with Down syndrome.
Then, lo and behold, there it was – a beautiful and informative article featuring the accomplishments of adults, young adults and children with Down syndrome and explaining the cause, the health issues and the feelings of those born with this extra chromosome (the love gene, as my daughter and son-in-law call it). That’s because their son and his cousin have brought so much love and happiness to our family.
October is Down syndrome awareness month, so to all those who have this condition, and to all families, friends, caregivers, teachers and therapists, I want to say, cherish every moment and every accomplishment. I hope your life will be touched in a special way. I know ours is.
Fran LoTempio