Wesley has Down syndrome but Down syndrome does not have him! He is a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend, a pretty awesome "shake your groove thing" dancer, a singer, an artist, a teenager, and an all out boy who happens to have an extra chromosome.
Why March 21? Its the 21st day of the third month...It was selected of course to signify the third copy of the 21 chromosome, which is the cause of Down syndrome! This World Down Syndrome day will mark its 8th Anniversary. This year the IDSC, a grass-roots non-profit group has joined in the celebration and challenged all the bloggers out there to blog today and help spread the word!
So today WE will not just celebrate Wesley! WE celebrate all the Wesley's out there! And of course not just today but especially today! We want to show the world that their lives have meaning! We want the world to truly value, accept, and include all the individuals with Down syndrome! We do this by not using the R-word, welcoming and including those with Down syndrome into our schools, communities and workplaces, and last but not least advocating for the individual's with Down syndrome! This can be as simple as sharing a link, photo, or video promoting awareness to Down syndrome, wearing your blue and yellow ribbons, or as dedicated as rolling up your sleeves and helping individuals and families with Down syndrome.
So today we wear our Yellow and Blue and our Crazy Socks!! In hopes that someone will ask "What does that mean?"