In 2013, Siobhan Pritchard created the World Down Syndrome Day 321 Virtual Run for LuMind RDS to give anyone, anywhere the opportunity to "actively" support people with Down syndrome because she cared. LuMind™ Research Down Syndrome Foundation (LuMind RDS) CARES since we believe Cognition And Research Empowers Success. At LuMind RDS, we stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning, and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome so they:
participate more successfully in school and employment,
lead more active and independent lives, and
avoid the early cognitive decline with aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.
All donations raised by March 21st will be TRIPLED thanks to a 3:1 match from a generous founding donor.
Join us, as we support individuals with Down syndrome. Show everyone you CARE! Register for LuMind’s 321 Virtual Run, Don’t run? Don’t worry! Last year, people swam, biked, walked and even danced using the 321 theme to raise awareness and funds. Join the 321 Virtual Run, add the 321 theme to your activity, and let your friends in on this fun celebration! Don’t forget to share your 321 Virtual Run activity on social media with #LumindrdsCARES.
Why do we care? Because there are an estimated 7 million people with Down syndrome worldwide with 250 – 400,000 in the US. Because early-onset Alzheimer's disease is a growing concern for an older population with Down syndrome. Because more funding, both public and private, is needed to maintain and accelerate the current momentum.
What is LuMind RDS doing? Since 2004, distributed $15 million in funding grants, leading to $18 million in concurrent funding from the National Institute of Health and other sources. With the guidance of a Scientific Advisory Board, funded research that identified 10 new potential drug targets to improve cognition and 4 clinical trials. LuMind RDS is collaborating with the NIH and AC Immune in the first clinical trial for an anti-Abeta vaccine targeting Alzheimer's disease-like characteristics in people with Down syndrome.
Because of people like you, who care to support individuals with Down syndrome, we are celebrating more than 12 years funding groundbreaking cognition research. Thank you for your dedication and we invite you to stand with LuMind RDS Runners to support cognition research for individuals with Down syndrome. There is still much to be done. We can’t get there without you. LuMindRDS CARES, do you?