“Light the Way Event” Is Observed by Governor First Spouses on World Down Syndrome Day

New Jersey Governor First Lady Mary Pat Christie and other Governor First Spouses have joined together to bring attention to Down syndrome cognitive research, research that holds great promise for improving memory, learning and communication for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome. This evening, Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey, will be illuminated in the color blue to symbolize First Lady Christie’s support of Down syndrome cognitive research. First Spouses across the country are planning to showcase the color blue on their individual state Governor’s residence or other buildings, either through illumination, a blue ribbon or a variety of other decorations. In other recognition, First Spouses have issued communications or arranged proclamations supporting Light the Way.

Mrs. Christie is being joined today by First Spouses from Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming in endorsing this event. The goal of the Light the Way program is to expand awareness of Down syndrome cognitive research, including the efforts of Research Down Syndrome to fund this research. Mrs. Christie stated “I am inspired by initiatives which are designed to empower individuals in New Jersey and was so pleased that other First Spouses participated in this campaign the last two years.”

Thank you First Spouses!