March 2021: Trisomy Awareness Month

WHEREAS, during the month of March, Trisomy Awareness Month is observed to increase citizens' awareness of trisomy, a genetic disorder that deeply affects families; and,

WHEREAS, trisomy is the presence of three copies of a particular chromosome in the cells instead of the usual two. Trisomy can occur with any of the 23 pairs of chromosomes, significantly affecting the normal pattern of development in a baby, which can be life threatening; and,


WHEREAS, the most common trisomies in newborns are Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), and Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome); and,


WHEREAS, local support groups, medical professionals, and online communities offer education, encouragement, and counseling for those managing trisomy pregnancies or raising trisomy-affected children; and,


WHEREAS, now is the time for Michiganders to educate themselves on forms of trisomy, support families currently experiencing trisomy, and participate in helping people with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2021 as Trisomy Awareness Month in Michigan.