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Get up and 'Go21' to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Week

Third annual walk being held this weekend
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The Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury (DSAS) will host their third annual Go21 Walk on Nov. 5 to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW). (File)

The Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury (DSAS) will host their third annual Go21 Walk on Nov. 5 to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW).

On Sunday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lockerby Composite School on Ramsey View Court, the Down Syndrome Association of Sudbury invites the community to kick off National Down Syndrome Awareness with the Go21 Walk in recognition of the unique strengths and abilities of people with Down syndrome.  

"By focusing on these strengths and abilities, we work to ensure equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome," said a DSAS news release.

"Go21 is all about positive momentum for people with Down syndrome and their families in Canada."

The “21” refers to the extra chromosomal material from the 21st chromosome that determines if a person has Down syndrome.  The Down syndrome community identifies with 21 as a unique number that stands out.

Go21 is a celebration of Down syndrome.  

"Like how spectators in a sport yell “Go Team Go!”, we are celebrating our community with this name: Go 21!" said the release.

"There is strength in 'Go', there is advancement in 'Go'. People with Down syndrome continue to show strength and advancement in our community."




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