Gov’s Residence Lit in Blue Today for Down Syndrome Awareness

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The governor’s residence in Cheyenne will be illuminated in blue light today as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for Down Syndrome research.

In a release from the governor’s office, First Lady Carol Mead says she’s honored to join New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie and other first ladies from across the country in the “Light the Way” campaign to raise awareness for the condition.

The “Light the Way” campaign, according to the release, was launched on March 21, 2011, to support the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation’s efforts to educate, increase awareness, and raise funds to increase life opportunities for people living with Down Syndrome.

An estimated three million people worldwide have Down Syndrome, including about 400,000 in the United States. Life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome has more than doubled in the past 25 years and is now about 60 years, with many people living into their seventies.