Jerome LeJeune was a French physician who discovered the genetic cause of Down Syndrome. There is a foundation created in his honor to continue to facilitate research for the care and improvement of the lives of those with genetic intellectual disabilities. Please read the announcement below, and make sure you click on the video link and watch the video, “Being Different, it’s Normal.”
With the approach of World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, The Jerome Lejeune Foundation has launched a video for you to enjoy and share: “Being different, it’s normal.”
This video is a reminder that acceptance of differences should be the only “norm” since the concept of abnormality and normality is largely a matter of context. Each of us might feel different or normal depending on where we find ourselves at any given moment.
The launch of this video is a continuation of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation’s activities leading up to the celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.
Last week we launched our campaign to celebrate the heroes in our lives who have Down syndrome or other genetic intellectual disabilities. Our Wall of Heroes is intended to be a visual feast of faces and tributes to individuals born with genetic differences who have special meaning in our lives. Anyone who would like to pay tribute to a family member or friend with a genetic intellectual disability is welcome to upload their photo and a brief tribute to our Wall of Heroes. We will eventually create a mosaic of the image of Jerome Lejeune with these beautiful faces.
This week we are also launching a special memorial research fund in honor of Thomas S. Vander Woude, a father of 7 who gave his life to save his son Joseph, who has Down syndrome. If you don’t know the story, watch the video on our website. Contributions to this fund will advance critical research funded by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation to improve the lives of those living with geneticintellectual disabilities.
As we often say, YOU are the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. We are honored to partner with YOU to make society aware of the value of every human life, including those who are born with genetic differences. It is YOUR generosity that makes what we do possible.
Please make your contribution of $10, $25, $100, or more today to support the work we do for those living with Down syndrome or other genetic intellectual disabilities. Thank YOU!
Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA