March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. The number 21 is significant because Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when someone has three copies of chromosome 21, instead of two copies. I want to share an amazing video with you called, Dear Future Mom, that was made in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.
The video was made in response to an email that was sent to CoorDown, the Italian Coordinator of the National Association of People with Down Syndrome. The email was sent on February 9, and reads, "I'm expecting a baby. I've discovered he has Down syndrome. I'm scared: what kind of life will my child have?" The video response features 15 young adults and children from across Europe and is one of the most beautiful, touching and heartwarming things I have ever seen in my life. No exaggeration. I promise you, you will be happy to have seen it and even if you are not the crying type, you might want have a tissue handy.
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World Down Syndrome Day is meant to raise awareness and understanding of the strengths and accomplishments of those living with Down syndrome, an estimated six million world wide. Thirty-eight percent of Americans know someone living with Down syndrome. Today is a day meant to emphasize everything that a person living with Down syndrome can do as opposed to what their limitations may be.
This video will blow you away with its beauty, simplicity and truth. It will also answer the question, "Can a person with Down syndrome have a full and happy life?" Because isn't that what every mother wants, for her child? Awww, man, I'm telling you, you've got to watch this video, it will make your heart swell.
Image via CoorDown/YouTube