Monday, October 1, 2012

31 for 21: October means....

October means a few things....

....Fall is well underway
....the leaves are starting to change color
....the weather is starting to cool

But, it also means.... is Down Syndrome Awareness Month
....Buddy walks are going on around the nation
....And it's the 31 for 21 Blog challenge

What is the 31 for 21 challenge? The goal is to blog every day (31 days) in October for Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). It doesn't have to be about Down syndrome, but the goal is to raise awareness about Down syndrome.

So, here we go! After not having blogged much at all for months....let's see how this goes. Scheduled blog posts will be my friend, I'm sure :).

Just to briefly describe what Down syndrome is....Down syndrome is a genetic anomaly where a child is born with 3 copies of the 21st chromosome instead of the usual 2. The average person has 46 chromosomes - 2 of each. But, a person with Down Syndrome has 47 chromosomes. Because of the extra chromosome, it causes multiple genes/proteins to be overexpressed, which leads to the characteristics (as well as certain health problems) associated with Down syndrome.

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