Down River Run 5K and 1.5 Mile Fun Walk are back

Photo courtesy of Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara

Fri 20 May 2022 07:00

The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association of Niagara is pleased to announce the return of The Down River Run 5K and 1.5 Mile Fun Walk. The event will take place June 5 at Fort Niagara State Park, operated by Its Your Race, Race Management Solutions.

Registration and race details are available at Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. sharp at the south entrance of Fort Niagara State Park. The 5K start time is 10 a.m. and the walk start time is 9:45 a.m. Early registration $30, while late registration (May 30 through race day) is $35. An awards ceremony and light refreshments will follow the end of the race.

Organizers said: “We respect and understand the need for family companionship for pets, however, we ask owners to please take full responsibility for their pets. We also ask that any minor be accompanied and supervised at all times by their legal guardians.

“The proceeds from this year’s event will enhance program development, resources and referral efforts in our community. »

The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and local affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. He advocates for positive awareness, quality education, and meaningful community integration for all people with Down syndrome.

Know the facts: (adopted with permission from NDSS to share)

√ Down syndrome occurs when an individual has an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. This extra genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

√ There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (non-disjunction) accounts for 95% of cases, translocation accounts for about 4% and mosaicism accounts for about 1%.

√ Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder. In the United States, about one in 700 babies are born with Down syndrome, or about 6,000 every year.

√ Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.

√ The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates among young women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under the age of 35.

√ People with Down syndrome have an increased risk of certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid problems. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.

√ Some of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are: low muscle tone, short stature, upward slanting eyes and a single deep crease in the center of the palm. Each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to varying degrees or none at all.

√ The life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 years in 1983 to 60 years today.

√ People with Down syndrome go to school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, have meaningful relationships, vote, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

√ All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.

√ Quality educational programs, a nurturing home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends, and community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Thanks in advance to our generous sponsors, volunteers and participants for their support: Thomas Branchini, Cecconi Chrysler Complex, Ciminelli Real Estate, Collision Enterprises, CRB Holdings Bob Burns Tim Hortons, DiCamillo Bakery (in kind), DiMino Lewiston Tops Markets (in nature), Dr Hargrave Lewiston Eyecare Center, Lewiston Village Bake Shoppe, Network for Good, Our Lady of Angels Association, Seneca Gaming Corp. Resorts & Casino, Sevenson Environmental Services, Michael and Krisann Ventry, Youngstown Lions Club.

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