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Governor McCrory hosts reception to raise awareness of down syndrome

N.C Governor Pat McCrory pushes the button lighting the Governor's mansion blue with kids
N.C Governor Pat McCrory pushes the button lighting the Governor's mansion blue with kids
John Curtis Smith

Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory hosted a ceremony illuminating the executive mansion in blue to raise awareness and show support for individuals with Down syndrome. The western residence in Asheville will also be illuminated in blue tonight.

The governor has proclaimed Friday, March 21 "World Down Syndrome Day," an internationally recognized day chosen for the third copy of the 21st chromosome (3-21) that defines the genetic condition.

"Our administration is committed to providing care and support for those with Down syndrome and their families," Governor McCrory said. "Our efforts are focused on awareness, outreach and a Department of Health & Human Services that offers adequate care for the whole person."

Members of the Triangle Down Syndrome Network and Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network, two regional family support and advocacy groups, will join the governor at the executive mansion.

“Individuals who have Down syndrome contribute to a diverse community and bring their individual gifts to make North Carolina a better place to live,” said Triangle Down Syndrome Network Board President Jerry Higgins. “We all need to remember this fact: An individual with Down syndrome is an individual first and foremost.”

Nancy Lowther and her daughter, Jenny, will provide orchestral bells with piano accompaniment at the reception and ceremony.

“It was inspiring to join First Spouses from across the country last year through the Light the Way event,” said First Lady McCrory. “Pat and I are overjoyed that we are continuing to celebrate these individuals and raise awareness for Down syndrome cognitive research, right here in North Carolina.”