Lincolnites celebrate ‘World Down Syndrome Day’

Just this month, Governor Ricketts officially made March 21st a day to honor individuals with Down Syndrome in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – March 21st is a world wide day to bring awareness to those with Down Syndrome.

“Down Syndrome day was signified as 3/21 because the third chromosome of the 21st chromosomes, the extra one, causes Down Syndrome.” Deb Safarik, the President of Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska said.

People across the world are celebrating their family and friends they know with Down Syndrome. For people in Lincoln, they celebrated with a fundraiser at Runza near 48th and ‘O’ Streets. 20% of their bills were donated to the group, Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska. Usually the group celebrates with a walk, but COVID-19 changed that.

“Now we have found with the proper support and education that individuals with Down Syndrome can do so many things, so much more than we thought,” Safarik said. “It’s significant to have Down Syndrome, but it’s not limited.”

Just this month, Governor Ricketts officially made March 21st a day to honor individuals with Down Syndrome in Nebraska.

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