Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when children are born with 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears participates in the Buddy Walk to raise awareness for the disease.
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Down Syndrome Awareness Dr. Travis Stork: Well another October Health Observances that hits close to home is Down Syndrome awareness. Dr. Jim Sears: My brother Steven was born with Down Syndrome 20 years ago. Down Syndrome is a genetic problem, kids are born with it, they get an extra copy of the chromosome number 21. Their brain just doesn’t develop, the body walk, it raises awareness for kids with Down Syndrome. You know a lot of people asking what’s it like to grow up with a brother with Down syndrome but you know Steven has been an amazing source of joy through our family. It’s really neat being part of this community. John McGinley: My son Max was born 12 years ago with Down Syndrome. Most families don’t sign up to have a kid with special needs. This is a blessing from whoever you believed in. My son completes me and taught me what love was. Dr. Jim Sears: Alright we just parade and start to walk. These are my walking buddies. A brother with Down Syndrome is a laughing minute, I’ll tell you that. This is the silliest guy I know. I’m tired you guys. Everybody here is happy and you know that’s one thing people don’t realize by kids with Down Syndrome. Do you need help to putting it on? They are just living life as five and six year old and men, this world be a better place if we’re all like that. Wow, you know about 350,000 Americans have Down Syndrome, that’s a lot of people out there. And when the baby’s born, these parents are lost, they have no idea where to go, where to turn to and the number thing they need to do is to get help. Get plugged in to a local organization like Down Syndrome association in L.A. or whatever your own area is. And there we’re giving you the resources to get that special education they need the special medical challenges they need and the special help that they need to grow up. My brother I think he is 21 now and he is amazing. He’s ready to get a job and you know he is just awesome. Dr. Travis Stork: He’s a great young man. Thanks Jim. Dr. Jim Sears: Sure.

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