Joseph Bement

Team Captain Team Atlas 2018 CHOP Buddy Walk®

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Why I Walk:

The CHOP Buddy Walk® is the sole fundraiser for the Trisomy 21 Program: CHOP’s Trisomy 21 Program, which cares for more than 1,200 children and 300 adults annually, would not exist as it does today without the tremendous support of the CHOP Buddy Walk® & Family Fun Day.

My son Atlas was diagnosed with down syndrome while still in utero. It was a very chaotic time for me and my wife. We saw many different doctors who all were very discouraging about the diagnoses and quality of life. It wasn't until we transferred to CHOP and met the trisomy 21 program staff that we started being excited about the pregnancy again. Atlas was born on October 18 in 2017 and is a beautiful thriving baby who is full of life. We want to be able to ensure that other families like us have the same experience that we did.

How Can You Help?

By donating and helping me support:

  • Ongoing clinical care and coordination for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families
  • New assessment tools to identify potential issues and intervene early
  • Continuing education for families, medical providers and community members
  • Transformational research to improve the quality — and quantity — of life for individuals with Down syndrome

With your support, babies born with Down syndrome can experience the many joys of childhood — and flourish in adulthood.

Thank you!

 

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