World Down Syndrome Awareness Day was March 21 and staff at Army Community Service participated in the Rock Your Socks event by wearing their mismatched and colorful socks.
According to www.worlddownsyndromeday2.org/event/lots-of-socks-2019, participants could help bring awareness to Down syndrome by wearing socks, but not just any socks. Those socks could be brightly colored, mismatched or they could wear multiple pairs.
Laurie McCauley, Exceptional Family Member Program manager, said March 21 is significant because it represents the extra chromosome.
According to www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/down-syndrome#genes, most cases of Down syndrome result from Trisomy 21, which means each cell in the body has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two, hence 3/21.
Heather Knox, ACS Administrative Branch manager, said she wore her mixed socks to bring awareness to the accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.