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Friday, October 15, 2010

Celebrities and Down Syndrome

A couple celebrities have made the news recently with their involvement with supporting people with Down syndrome.

Jamie Foxx has a sister who has Ds. DeOndra participated in the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion show. The fashion show raised $1.45 million to benefit the Global Foundation for Down Syndrome.

Watch Jamie Foxx's interview with ET about caring for his sister. The most memorable quote from the interview, "I don't call it a condition, I just call it living." That's my new mantra!

Kathy Ireland's sister recently gave birth to a daughter who has Ds. She wrote an article titled "The Tragic Shortfall In Down Syndrome Research" She points out that while Ds is probably the most top genetic issue in the country, funding for it continues to be reduced. The National Institutes of Health expects to spend $19 million on Ds research. That is less than .01 percent of its research budget. That is significantly less than the $114 for youth violence, $96M for smallpox, $73M for ADD, and 170 other subjects.

Its nice to have some celebrities spotlighting Down syndrome.

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Sunny said...

Thanks for sharing this. I don't get much chance to follow the news, it's good to hear some positive things are being said.

Cindy said...

I had not heard of Kathy Ireland having a niece with Ds. (I heard her say once, "After all the photo shopping they do on photos, even I don't look like Kathy Ireland!")

I'll have to read her article. Thanks for posting this.

To Love Endlessly said...

cool info, thanks for sharing!