New Jersey Governor First Lady Mary Pat Christie and First Spouses from seventeen additional states across the country recognized the Light the Way event on World Down Syndrome Day, March 21. See Press Release (PDF).
This program goals are to bring attention to the rapidly advancing area of Down syndrome cognitive research, which holds great promise for improving memory, learning and communication for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome. Participating states include: Washington, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Missouri, New Hampshire, Alabama, Ohio, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Georgia, Maine, Arkansas, Utah, North Dakota and Texas, Many Down syndrome associations have made contact with their state governments to either participate in their state’s recognition, or encourage their state to join the Light the Way event. This event provides a tremendous opportunity for a nationwide effort to educate the country and increase awareness and funding for Down syndrome cognitive research. The momentum for nationwide support of this research is gaining…clinical trials to begin testing biomedical therapies are in the near future, as early as this year. At Research Down Syndrome, we are certain that you share in the excitement of the promise for drugs that will improve memory, learning and communication for children and adults with Down syndrome, and your support is needed now more than ever.