World Down Syndrome Day is a day to raise awareness about Down Syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by having an extra 21st chromosome.
In the West Kootenay, there are eight families who have children with Down Syndrome, many of them born in the past four years.
Come and join the families in support of World Down Syndrome day at the Savoy Lanes in Nelson from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Parents are asked to bring something to share that shows that children with Down Syndrome are just like any other children.
If you cannot make the event, wearing mismatched socks or socks of many colours on World Down Syndrome Day is a way of showing your support. When someone asks why you are wearing mismatched socks, tell them a bit about Down Syndrome.
The West Kootenay families of children with Down Syndrome get together monthly so the children can play together and parents can chat and share stories. They are adorable, fun, loving children and an asset to their families and the communities in which they live.
Although they have Down Syndrome, they are all unique individuals with their own personalities. Down Syndrome can come with health challenges, but all the children are thriving and doing well.
Awareness and understanding is the key in creating a better future for individuals with Down Syndrome.