Dozens gathered in Mishawaka to celebrate the opening of a new business at the Town and Country Shopping Center.
The Michiana Down Syndrome Resource Center held their grand opening Monday to correspond to the 3/21 date, which is World Down Syndrome Day. That date was chosen because 3-21 is the clinical number for Down syndrome.
The goal of the center is to raise awareness about Down syndrome and provide a system of support for local families dealing with the genetic disorder. They offer such resources as medical grants, educational workshops and educational scholarships.
Vicky Bavar, the mother of a child with Down syndrome, says, "We want you to know that our family members with Down syndrome are just people like everyone else. We want them to be loved and accepted for who they are and to be part of our community and just to spread more awareness that they just want to be like everyone else."
One out of every 691 babies are born with Down syndrome each year.