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