On Monday, March 21, World Down Syndrome Day,"the West Virginia Governor's Mansion will be lit in blue joining the Light the Way campaign which raises awareness of Down syndrome cognitive research."
West Virginia First Lady Tomblin stated "in recent years, biomedical research advancements designed to treat intellectual challenges associated with Down syndrome have been made. These advancements may enable individuals with Down syndrome to improve their memory, learning and communication skills. In an effort to raise awareness of this important research, I encourage all West Virginians light their homes in blue on the 21st."
"in the United States, approximately 400,000 individuals are affected by Down syndrome. As medical research has advanced, most individuals with the condition will outlive their parents. The biomechanical research may increase life opportunities for those with Down syndrome."
"First Lady Tomblin joins First Lady Mary Pat Christie of New Jersey and other First Spouses in an effort to raise awareness of the non-profit group Reserch Down Syndrome's efforts to continue cognitive research. In addition, the Light the Way campaign seeks to motivate both the Down syndrome community and general public to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to reach their fullest potential and lead independent lives."