Bring on the Hope: World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day.  3:21 is a day of awareness and gratitude for the progress made in recognizing that a life with an extra chromosome is indeed worth living.

It’s a day of bringing on the hope for the not so distant day my child and your child will be viewed as equals.

It’s a day of being thankful for those who simply see your kid as just another kid on the block.

It’s also a day of celebrating how far we’ve come.  There was a time, not so long ago, when parents were told to give their child with the extra chromosome up and walk away from them.

Not anymore.

There was a time when close to 90% of all prenatally diagnosed children with Down syndrome were aborted.

Not anymore.

The new numbers are out and they are lower.  Much lower.

World Down Syndrome Day

One in every 691 births will be a baby with Down syndrome.

It truly is kind of like hitting the jackpot.

At least that’s how Reed and I have looked at Parker.

We won the jackpot.  Our lives have never been richer.



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  1. Kristen's Mom Mar 21, 13
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