Every year, I take the month of January to regroup after the holidays.
I try to get everything in order after the rush, the visitors, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I clean up the house, purge what we can pass on to those in need, and set goals for the coming year. I always vow to be just a little bit more organized. I may not always succeed at being as organized as I would like, but I do pick up tips and tricks from my friends to help me a long the way.
And then FEBRUARY comes.
It’s the month of LOVE. It’s the month that my first son was born. It’s the month that our family celebrates with other families ALL OVER the Philippines because we have kids with a little something extra.
In 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared February, DOWN SYNDROME CONSCIOUSNESS MONTH under the auspices of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. Proclamation Number 157, as we call it, brings an awareness to our cause, and enables our organization to constantly move forward in providing information about our community and our children to those who may not understand or relate to children and adults with Down Syndrome.
What is Down Syndrome?
Typical children are born with 23 chromosomes from their mom and 23 chromosomes from their dad. So they have 23 PAIRS of chromosomes for their genetic make up. (23 +23 = 46 chromosomes)
Children with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome. (23 +23+ 1= 47 ) The extra chromosome is usually of the 21st pair. This is where the name Trisomy 21 comes in. So that means that children and adults with Down Syndrome will have 3 chromosomes instead of 2 on the 21st pair. Down Syndrome affects about 1 in 800 children.
If you are new to reading this blog, you can read about some of Gelli’s therapies and therapists here. We believe that all the hard work that Gelli has been doing with her therapists is completely worth it’s weight in gold. With her therapists’ help, she is able to crawl, walk, run, talk, listen, and play all at a rate which is not as delayed as it would have been without their help.
Truth is…Gelli will be able to do lots of things just like other kids her age. She just might end up doing them a little later than the rest of the kids at school.
Through out the entire month of February, I am going to challenge myself to publish a post relevant to Down Syndrome and Down Syndrome Consciousness month every day. I have asked some of my friends, family, and bloggers that I know who are willing to share a little bit of their stories and how Down Syndrome factors into their lives to share their stories as well. These will be Featured Guest Posts.
I hope you enjoy this new facet to my blogging. I will see how it goes for this month (28 days in a row has me really stressed) and then if it goes well, I will ask for guests posts regularly.
For now, I would like to share all of the upcoming events, celebrations and fundraisers for the most important month for our organization DSAPI.
February 6, 2015:
12th Tee-Up for Down
Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club
Shotgun start at 8am
Registration at 6:30am
Ticket: P3,000 (inclusive of Green Fee, Cart, Lunch& Giveaways)
February 8, 2015:
United for Down (FREE Clinic)
Crown Plaza Manila Galleria
Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City
February 22, 2015:
13th Happy Walk
Skydome, SM City North Edsa
Registration Fee: P50 (FREE for Individuals with Down Syndrome)
February 27, 2015:
Dine for Down Take 2
If you would like to know more about our association:
DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILS., INC. (DSAPI)
2nd Floor, 6372 Agrifina Building
Camia corner Meleguas Streets
Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City, 1211 (near Rockwell)
Contact Numbers: (63-2) 895-36-06 / Tel/Fax: (63-2) 895-96-42
Office Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Best Buddies will be supporting DSAPI in our month long celebration. To learn more about Best Buddies and how to become a buddy visit Best Buddies Manila Facebook page.