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Global Thanks Congress, President & White House, and NIH for Acknowledging Down Syndrome Awareness Month

As the nation celebrates Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation recognizes and thanks our friends and partners in Congress, the President and the White House, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for making Down syndrome a national research priority by significantly increasing research funding for FY2018 federal budget and going forward.

We are grateful to our congressional leaders who have championed Down syndrome research, which is one of the least funded genetic conditions at the NIH. The efforts of House Appropriations Labor-Health and Human Services Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will improve the health and well-being of every person with Down syndrome as well as typical Americans living with and at risk for other diseases and genetic conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. Further, by holding the first ever congressional hearing on Down syndrome research, that included the moving testimony of Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX), the American people gained a greater understanding of how harnessing the full power of the NIH and the national biomedical research enterprise will directly lead to improved treatments and eventually cures for these diseases that effect a majority of Americans.

In his recent statement recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Month, President Donald J. Trump spoke about the importance of “deepening our understanding of Down syndrome and learning more about how we can ensure the beautiful people with Down syndrome are able to fully participate in society.” We thank the Administration for affirming its commitment to Down syndrome research and for joining us in celebrating the lives of those with Down syndrome.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an inclusive organization. We encourage and appreciate people from all walks of life to support children and adults with Down syndrome.

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