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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 14, 2015 09:18 AM
From: Representative Jim Marshall
To: All House members
Subject: World Down Syndrome Day
In the near future, I plan to introduce a House Resolution recognizing March 21, 2015 as “World Down Syndrome Day” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Down syndrome is a common genetic condition in which 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. There are an estimated 400,000 individuals living with Down syndrome in the United States.

While individuals with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions, advances in treatments enable them to lead healthy lives. Life expectancy for individuals with this condition has increased from 25 years of age in 1983 to 60 years of age today.

The date for World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome. I am hoping that by introducing this resolution it will increase awareness across the state about this condition.

Thank you and I hope you will consider joining me in support of this legislation.

Introduced as HR121