ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

Team 21 raises public awareness about Down syndrome and funds for organizations that provide support, healthcare, and advocacy to individuals with Down syndrome.

OUR STORY

Team 21 is comprised of a group of volunteers that raise awareness about Down syndrome and funds for programs that help these individuals thrive. Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. In most cases, Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21. The extra chromosome causes physical and developmental delays.

While Down syndrome is not preventable, there are many services available for children with Down syndrome and their families. As parents of a child who was born with Down syndrome, we experienced what most new parents go through – fear, confusion and stress about how to navigate and provide the best for our child.

Together, we’ve learned that interventions between birth and age 3 would make the biggest difference for our daughter, Eve. Being “in the know” and having access to interventions and support groups was of the upmost importance to us.

Through support groups and a variety of resources, we learned more about Down syndrome and what to expect along the way, and we never felt alone. We took action by engaging our daughter in speech, physical and occupational therapy early on, and for as long as possible. Having done so has given us the peace of mind we needed, and prepared Eve for a healthy, productive life.

We are committed to giving back to the Down syndrome community by raising awareness and funds for programs that will help children with physical and developmental delays succeed. We hope you will join us!

15 thoughts on “ABOUT US

  1. Great to meet you and Yeager at Doggiepawlooza this weekend. I can’t stop watching the video of him jumping over you. Amazing. Let me know if you are doing to compete in Massachusetts so that we can come and cheer you on!!

  2. Choppa enjoyed watching his buddies- you and Yeager! He is amazing! Your daughter is precious and your cause is wonderful. I will share it with everyone I know! Amy, Matt, McKenna & Choppa

  3. Dave and Charlene,
    It was a pleasure meeting you and Eve at the Rock and Dock Festival. I’m also the parent of a child with Down syndrome-and we own 2 labs- It was awesome!

  4. I saw the whole group at Gillette Wed May 2nd – and had to get to Bass Pro Shop to see the festivities. Excellent time and excellent work for the cause. Thank you.

  5. Hi Dave,
    It was a real pleasure meeting you, Yeager, and the girls the other night at Crescent Ridge Dairy. I LOVE that dog!!!!
    Please keep me posted and let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do to help your cause. Shoot me an e-mail when you get a minute, we need to talk!!

  6. I wanted to say thank you again for taking the time today in Foxboro, Ma to meet with Yeager’s #1 fan, my grandson, Talan.
    He was so very excited to have met you and it meant alot to us. Since Talan’s diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last August, he has had the opportunity to meet with a Bruin’s player with the Stanley Cup, and a Patriot’s player who came into Children’s Hosp. in Boston. But meeting Yeager will go up on the top of the list. As soon as Talan is old enough, I’m sure you will be
    seeing him up there on the dock.
    Thanks again.

  7. It was so great to meet you, Dave, and Patti and the birthday girl.
    Thank you and Yeager
    so much for sharing your talents with us.
    What you have done with Yeager is incredible.
    My boys have declared that tonight
    “was one of the best nights of their lives”.
    We really hope to make it to Foxboro I’m May
    To see you both again.

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