ROCHESTER, N.Y. — March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day — the numeric date, 3/21, recognizes the cause of Down Syndrome, which is a third 21st chromosome.
Families in Rochester celebrated the day at GiGi's Playhouse, and while it was an evening of fun, awareness was the ultimate goal.
"We just want people to know that they're in the community, they're always going to be in the community, and they can do really well in the community. And this is just all of us getting together to celebrate that," said Kim Guerrieri of GiGi's Playhouse in Rochester.
"To promote acceptance, generosity and kindness. It's what we call 'Generation G' here at GiGi's Playhouse," said Crystal Englert of GiGi's Playhouse in Rochester.
That message of acceptance is a daily one at GiGi's which offers therapy and educational programing to individuals of all ages.
"Our idea is to make sure that everyone knows that kids with Down Syndrome can do anything that any other kid could do, just with a little hard work and extra effort, which is what we provide here at GiGi's; anything is possible," said Jennifer Bustamant of GiGi's Playhouse Rochester.
On World Down Syndrome Day, crazy or mismatched socks have become a way to spread awareness, so it seemed fitting for GiGi's to host a sock hop to celebrate.
"What makes us all different is what makes us all special. And that variety in life is what we celebrate today with our crazy socks, they make us who we are," said Englert.