October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which raises awareness and advocates for equality in school and community activities.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delayed mental and physical development. People with Down syndrome are born with 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. According to the National Association for Down Syndrome, this conditions occurs in one out of every 691 people. Children born with Down syndrome are more prone to severe health problems, such as congenital heart defects. Others with the condition may only have mild health issues.

Most importantly, the purpose of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, is to educate people about the condition. People diagnosed with Down syndrome are more similar to others born without it than they are different. Most children with Down syndrome are able to play with other children in the community and many adults are able to work within the community.

On October 13, FastMed was a proud sponsor of the Buddy Walk in Raleigh, NC. The Buddy Walk raises money for local programs and services. It also serves to promote diversity and inclusion among every walk of life. Over $76,000 was raised to support, educate and connect individuals with Down Syndrome

For more information on Down syndrome and to find out how you can help raise awareness, visit the National Association for Down Syndrome at http://www.nads.org/.!  Though our participation in the Buddy Walk, FastMed assisted the National Down Syndrome Society in the fund raising effort and contributed to the ultimate success of the event.

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