21st March of every year is the World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and this years marks the 11th anniversary of the day.
Down syndrome (DS), also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically.
Did you know that Down Syndrome is named after John Langdon Down, the British doctor who first described the condition in 1887? It wasn’t until 1959, however, that an extra chromosome was identified as the cause!
This year’s theme is “My Friends, My Community”
On this day, whether you are at home, at work, in school, playing, traveling, on holiday, name it- you are asked to wear not just any socks, but brightly coloured socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock… even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. If you don’t normally wear socks, then wear them. The choice on which socks to wear is yours but you should wear something which people will ask you about so that you can tell them all about WDSD.
I know 21st March is like 4 days away but am posting this today to give you time to get your socks ready for our Monday date.
I will wear my funny coloured socks with stilettos……who wants to join me in this?