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Kindergartner helps promote World Down Syndrome Day

Palyn Gore, 6

A local family is encouraging the community to come together to mark World Down Syndrome Day.
The Gore family of Savannah is inviting all Hardin County schools, local businesses and residents to participate and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday, March 21.
Sarah Gore, along with her husband, Jon-Michael, are the parents of Palyn, 6, who attends Parris South Elementary and has Down syndrome.
Gore said Palyn is her family’s motivation for campaigning for the community’s support of recognizing World Down Syndrome Day.
“Our daughter is the reason we have been so active with Down syndrome awareness. We want her to grow up surrounded by people that accept her for who she is,” she said.
She added that raising awareness is important – especially among youth.
“If we educate people,” Gore said, “especially children, on different types of disabilities – I like ‘abilities’ – they will be more accepting to creating a more inclusive environment for her and others to thrive in.”
She said an inclusive community will show others who Palyn is as a person who just happens to have Down syndrome.
“Our daughter has the best personality. She is loving, caring, smart, and is the strongest person we have ever known. We want others to see that. We believe God has a special plan and purpose for Palyn and we are the lucky ones to be her parents,” said Gore.
The purpose of wanting the community to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day is not just about her daughter, however.
“My overall mission to create awareness and promote inclusion of those with Down syndrome. I’m hoping to pave the way and make things a lot better and easier for some of our Down syndrome friends and their mamas that haven’t entered the school system yet,” Gore explained.
The Gore family would like residents to observe World Down Syndrome Day by participating in “Rock the Colors, Rock the Socks,” by wearing the Down syndrome colors of blue and yellow and your most colorful, funkiest, mismatched socks.
Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21.
“Chromosomes actually have a sock-like shape and wearing a mismatched pair will show your support in the celebration of everyone,” Gore said.
“On the big day, take all the pictures. We want to see all the blue and yellow, funky socks and decorations. Share on your social media pages with #HCWDSD. Together, we can raise awareness and celebrate those with just a little extra,” Gore said.

1 Comment

  1. Renea Johnson on March 8, 2024 at 3:54 am

    Thank you family for helping educate others on Down Syndrome . I love your emphasis on “ abilities “. As a grandmother to a child with special
    Needs I completely understand the need to educate everyone on the many assets our babies abilities rather than their disabilities . Always know I am one of your biggest cheerleaders !

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