PALS Hold Fundraiser for Down ’s Syndrome Awareness

Halle T, Staff Writer

This week it is Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. Down syndrome has nothing to do with race, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion, or anything the mother or father did during pregnancy.

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all.

In honor of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, the OMHS PALS are raising money in a fundraiser for Down Syndrome Society and Down Syndrome Alabama. Every day this week the PALS group will have a table set up during lunch to collect donations and sell Awareness ribbons, $0.50 each. They will also be going to classes during 6th period to pick up donations and drop off ribbons for those with $0.50. “We will be selling ribbons for $0.50 to support Down’s Syndrome Society. It’s a great cause!” PAL, Caraline P, says.

Show your support for those with Down’s Syndrome not only in OMHS but in our community by purchasing a ribbon and wearing it this week for a great cause.