'This is joy': Southern Utah families and friends celebrate loved ones with Down syndrome on 3.21

‘That is pleasure’: Southern Utah households and mates have fun family members with Down syndrome on 3.21

ST. GEORGE The Down Syndrome Affiliation of Southern Utah celebrated with the world for 3.21 Day on Tuesday afternoon, honoring family members affected by the incapacity every day.

Beyla Jepson pretends to eat a banana on the Kids’s Museum of St. George for a photograph, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2023 | Picture by Nick Yamashita, St. George Information

Affiliation presidents Celeste Hallman and Katie Christensen mentioned they had been ecstatic that greater than 100 individuals attended the celebration on the St. George’s Kids’s Museum.

“So right this moment it is 3.21 and Down syndrome is the third additional copy of the twenty first chromosome,” Hallman mentioned. “The third month, the twenty first day has been designated as World Down Syndrome Day.”

3.21 Day was designated as World Down Syndrome Day by the United Nations formally in 2012 and has been celebrated ever since, based on the United Rehabilitation Providers.

In response to Utah Rehabilitation Providers, the day was “chosen to indicate the individuality of the tripling (trisomy) of the twenty first chromosome that causes Down syndrome.”

The occasion was attended by kids and adults identified with Down syndrome of all ages with their households and family members, from dad and mom, siblings, grandparents and extra.

“We all the time like to throw a celebration and have fun our youngsters, youth and adults who’ve Down syndrome,” Hallman mentioned.

Each mother or father or grandparent ran from one exhibit corridor to a different as they explored the farm, the desert, the deep sea, the prehistoric period, the fortress and extra.

Katie Christensen and Celeste Hallman on the Kids’s Museum of St. George was attended by over 100 individuals, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2023 | Picture by Nick Yamashita, St. George Information

The sports activities honest gave the impression to be an enormous success as the kids climbed a climbing wall. Within the prehistoric exhibit, the triceratops and explored the volcanic cave.

The music and sound exhibition attracted a big crowd as kids beat the drums, jumped on the foot keyboard and smashed the cymbals.

“The youngsters’s museum is so inclusive,” Christensen mentioned. “They’ve so many sensory gadgets and various things for teenagers of all skills to come back and play and revel in.”

Christensen mentioned final yr that they had about 80 individuals in attendance.

Added Hallman: “Each time we get a little bit bit extra at every occasion.”

Each Hallman and Christensen mentioned it is essential to achieve out to as many households and people within the space as attainable to supply help and assist to these households who’ve a cherished one with Down syndrome.

And this group gives all that and extra, Hallman mentioned.

Due to their medical situation, affected people are typically extra vulnerable to different illnesses or medical circumstances, similar to congenital coronary heart defects, respiratory and listening to issues, Alzheimer’s illness, childhood leukemia, and thyroid illness.

Chart explaining Down syndrome and why it was celebrated on 3.21 on the Kids’s Museum of St. George, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2023 | Chart courtesy of SUDSA, St. George Information

Down syndrome is the most typical chromosomal situation with 1 in 700 infants born with it. Hallman mentioned that though the state of affairs appears scary to many individuals, it’s not one thing to be afraid of and is a blessing.

“That is a pleasure, not a scary factor,” Hallman mentioned. “It is price celebrating.”

Life expectancy for Down syndrome has elevated from 25 in 1983 to 60 years.

“We do not ignore the truth that they’ve Down syndrome, however we have fun it,” Christensen added.

And have fun all of them did.

From Scarlett Glauser taking part in within the winds of a twister, to Sara Terry taking part in Snow White sitting on her throne and Joab Hooper doing automobile repairs. Everybody celebrated by taking part in with the reveals till the closing announcement got here at 7:30pm. (with some attempting their finest to not depart).

Christensen mentioned it was profitable this yr as they noticed extra than simply household and mates there, but in addition group members.

“Our group has actually strengthened in St. George,” Christensen mentioned. “After we attain out, we get such a constructive response.”

They expressed their because of the group, the kids’s museum and Cookie Co. who helped help this occasion in addition to the group.

The Down Syndrome Affiliation of Southern Utah will likely be busy all year long internet hosting varied occasions, particularly their fall celebration known as the “Mighty Steps” walkathon.

Becoming a member of the native group is free and open to everybody. Extra details about the teams’ mission and upcoming occasions could be discovered on the Southern Utah Teams Fb web page or on the statewide nonprofits web site.


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