Two mothers of Down syndrome children are asking for your participation wearing blue and yellow on Monday (March 21) to help raise awareness in South Jersey about World Down Syndrome Day.

According to Shore New Today, two Ocean City residents who are moms to young children with Down syndrome, Jen Polcini and Melissa Flink, are helping to raise awareness in Ocean City.

They are asking people to buy special T-shirts they have made for the occasion or to wear blue and yellow (the colors associated with Down syndrome awareness) on Monday in support of the day and to please consider making a donation to the cause.

The city of Ocean City even plans to turn the lights on the underside of the Rt. 52 Causeway blue and yellow in participation on Monday.

One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition.

Human cells normally contain 23 pairs of chromosomes. Down syndrome results from abnormal cell division involving chromosome 21. The extra genetic material that results from the abnormal cell division is responsible for the physical features and developmental delays characteristic of Down syndrome.

For more information on Down syndrome, visit For information on local events, call Polcini @ 609-432-1844.

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