Friday, October 1, 2010

Let's Raise Awareness, One Day at a Time!!


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For those of you that didn't already know, October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  Not like every day isn't a teachable moment, but having this designated month gives us the opportunity to join forces and raise awareness in a big, concentrated effort.  For bloggers, this effort can be made by stepping up to the challenge of crafting a post on each of the 31 days of October.  31 days for the extra 21st chromosome that makes our children and loved ones with Trisomy 21 (that's Down syndrome, folks) unique.  31 for 21.  Get it?

I have seen this blog challenge and others like it come and go over the last few years.  They came to my attention, and they went out of my reach.  I knew I wouldn't be able to keep them up.  But this year I pledge to really, really, really try to keep it going, to provide my daily dose of awareness.  Not sure what form those posts will take yet - they may be a photo, an amusing anecdote about Samantha's escapades, a factoid or two about Down syndrome.  Perhaps they'll be a motivational news article, or one that makes me sad.  I might even just link to someone else's post if it's moved me to share it (Possible Translation:  if I'm not feeling creative or bloggy enough to write my own...).

I'm excited to give it a go.  I hope you'll help support me in this - share, share, share!  Spread the word.  Let's let the world know about the special 1 in 733 people out there that are enhanced with that little extra something, who deserve to have a life like ours.

11 comments:

Kathy said...

You go, girl!! :o)

stephanie said...

I love this challenge!!! It's always my hope that we will reach someone who is searching for answers.
That someone's post will be "the post" someone really needs to read!

aprilnarretto said...

this is my fave challenge

Rochelle said...

Good luck, maybe one of these years I will decide to jump in and do this challenge.

Zoey's mom said...

Is this not an amazing community we belong to,or what??


Video code can be found on youtube... google "difference is an artist game",there is a prompt that says embed code,copy and paste and you are good to go.Let me know id you need help.

Melissa M said...

This one is going to be a challenge for me to keep up with, both with blogging and reading other blogs, but I'm really excited to see everyone's posts!

evrfwd said...

yay!!!! I look forward to reading/looking at your posts. I love the last line you wrote. So true.
oxo

Cathy said...

Good luck!! You can do it! I have confidence.

Ruby's Mom said...

Looking forward to reading your posts:)

Lori said...

You daughter is beautiful!! I look forward to reading more about Samantha =)

Dawn said...

Well, I'm so far behind in reading posts that I'm just now seeing this one. I wonder if it's too late to start on the 2nd.

While Taylor doesn't have Down's, she does have an extra chromosome. Maybe that makes me the cousin, twice removed, in the DS family. *laughs*

Good luck with writing every day. I'll read them everyday if you write them everyday.