Yesterday, Mayor Zimmer officially declared March 21st of each year ‘World Down Syndrome Day’ in Hoboken — to be celebrated annually in the Mile Square. This was done in collaboration with non-profit Rock the 21, dedicated to celebrating and supporting individuals with Down Syndrome and their families in the area.
This non-profit fosters social awareness on their meaningful acceptance and inclusion in our communities of individuals with Down Syndrome — those that rock that extra 21st chromosome! Throughout the course of the year, Rock the 21 hosts fundraising and social awareness events. A variety of activities they’ve funded have benefitted families in Hoboken, JC and other NJ communities. For World Down Syndrome Day, the non-profit celebrated ‘Rock Your Socks’ day at local businesses and schools — encouraging everyone to wear their most colorful and spunkiest socks. World Down Syndrome day, March 21st, is celebrated and recognized internationally.
Below is the official proclamation from Mayor Zimmer, which solidifies Hoboken’s celebration of this important day:
WHEREAS, Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition, and approximately one in every 700 babies are born with Down syndrome, representing an estimated 6,000 births per year in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels, and there are approximately 400,000 individuals living with Down syndrome in the United States; and
WHEREAS, while research and early intervention have resulted in dramatic improvements in the life span and potential of those who are affected, more investigation is needed into the causes and treatment of Down syndrome; and
WHEREAS, possessing a wide range of abilities, people with Down syndrome are active participants in educational, occupational, social, and recreational circles of our communities; and
WHEREAS, Rock the 21 is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by Hoboken residents to help spread awareness and celebrate their children and individuals with Down syndrome; and
WHEREAS, individuals with Down syndrome should have equal opportunity to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in their achievements, inclusion in their community and reaching their fullest potential;
NOW,THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, the Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of the City of Hoboken, do hereby proclaim March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day in the City of Hoboken, thank and honor Rock the 21 for their dedication to creating social awareness and educational opportunities and supporting individuals of all ages with Down syndrome and their families, and encourage the citizens of Hoboken to work together to promote respect and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions.