Global Down Syndrome Foundation World Down Syndrome Day 2014
I had the honor of photographing a day of events in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. It began in the afternoon at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO with an awards event featuring special guests The Ransom Notes.
World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated by organizations around the world on 3/21. The date represents the chromosomal makeup of Down Syndrome (3 copies of chromosome 21 instead of two).
The stage was set up in the main atrium of Children’s Hospital. The event included tables of information about available services for families, fun gifts and snacks for participants. There was a step and repeat banner set up for families to have their photos taken with the band. On the stage the community leadership awards were given for 2014. Honorees included Jay Mills of Jay’s Valet and self advocate Beth Burczyk. Beth gave a wonderful speech talking about all the ways she adds value to our community. She is truly a shining example of the amazing capabilities of young adults with Down Syndrome.
The event ended with bluegrass band The Ransom Notes performing. Sibling trio Amanda, Michael and Amelia Ransom formed their band in 2008. They gain continued recognition in the bluegrass scene and have played across the U.S. including performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. At the end of their performance they came down from the stage and encouraged dance participation for their final song. Everyone had a blast dancing along.
After the afternoon event young adults headed to Cherry Night Club for the I Love You Dance Party. More on this event to come in Part II!