Bill and Ria via Crowdrise
June 22, 2011
BENEFITING: LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation
ORGANIZER: LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation
Fundraising dates: now-June 21, 2011
THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR FUNDRAISING PAGE!
We are blessed with a 3-1/2 year old son who has Down syndrome. You can read more about him at Bill and Ria, where we raise awareness about Down syndrome. Many people from all over the U.S. and the world - as far as the Philippines, UK, Indonesia, Australia, and Qatar (just to name a few) - find inspiration, support, and encouragement through our stories, photos, and videos.
Please consider helping us make a bigger difference in this world through the plus15 campaign. Plus15 is an initiative of the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF), a national non-profit organization that funds biomedical research.
By supporting biomedical research to improve cognition, including learning, memory, and speech, by 15 percent, you will give our son, Matthew, and our friends with Down syndrome, more opportunities to full inclusion, academically and socially, and independent living as adults.
Our involvement in plus15 has a two-fold benefit. This fundraiser is a contest. The top fundraiser will receive an Apple iPad. IF we win, we will donate the iPad to Matthew’s preschool. Your contribution could help more children with special needs, such as Autism, who can benefit from its use during their therapy time. Please help us win the iPad for the kids!
We really appreciate your interest in helping!
Donations are tax-deductible. 100% of your money will go directly to funding cognitive research at major research centers around the country, including Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Stanford University, University of San Diego, and University of Arizona.
Please spread the word about Matthew and the work of the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation.
Thank you very much for your generosity and helping us make a difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome! Your support of this great cause means a lot to us, and most especially to Matthew.
Bill and Ria
SOME INTERESTING FACTS TO CONSIDER
Federal funding for Down syndrome research is only $55 per person. That's about 95% less on average than what the government spends on research for similar disabilities. (Please refer to comparison tables of funding levels on my blog post "Supporting Cognition Research via plus15"). A big chunk of federal funds goes to research to develop more tests to merely detect Down syndrome prenatally, instead of cognition research.
Studies show that the life expectancy of someone living with Down syndrome has increased from 25 years to over 50 or 60 years over the past 3 decades. But cognitive abilities have not improved at a similar pace. Current advances made in cognitive research are promising of positive change, such as avoiding the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) cites that "25% or more of individuals with Down syndrome over age 35 show clinical signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's-type dementia. In the general population, Alzheimer's disease does not usually develop before age 50."
Thanks again for your support of this great cause, and thanks for reading!