By Kristine Meggenberg
Special to The Sun
Lucas Snow, a 7-year-old boy living with a rare form of Down syndrome, wants your support Saturday at Applebee’s where they are hosting a Flapjack Breakfast in his honor.
The breakfast will be Saturday at Applebee’s at 3521 S. Broadway from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $7 per plate and the plate will consist of three pancakes, two sausage links and a beverage. All proceeds will be donated to International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association.
March is awareness month for Down syndrome. Fundraising is important but awareness is essential.
“We need awareness,” said Brandy Snow, public relations officer for International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association and mother of Lucas Snow. “With mosaic Trisomy 21, better known as Down syndrome, often the physical markers are not present and therefore mosaic Trisomy 21 goes undiagnosed simply because the physician isn’t cued to do genetic testing. Lucas wasn’t diagnosed until he was 18 months old by Dr. William Bondurant of Mercy Health Signal Ridge. This late diagnosis is very unfortunate and scary because with any form of Down syndrome there are many health concerns that a person must get screened for.”
Lucas and his parents currently reside in Georgia but are Oklahoma natives. The event has been organized by Lucas’s aunt, Becky Sunderland, and his grandparents.
“We want to do this for Lucas because mosaic is a rare form of Down syndrome and we want to help bring awareness,” Sunderland said.
World Down Syndrome Day is March 21. Down syndrome occurs when there are three copies of the 21 chromosome, which is why awareness is highlighted on March 21.
“What this means to our family is pretty simple. It means that we aren’t the only ones that care about Lucas and others that have this rare form of mosaic Down syndrome. Most people aren’t even aware that there are four different types of Down syndrome, let alone what they are,” Snow said. “Leaving a child that hasn’t been receiving the proper health care attention and necessary screenings for health concerns such as Alzheimer’s, heart defects and leukemia. Our goal with events like these is to raise money for an organization that provides this information to the people that need it: The families, the healthcare providers and the public.”
FOR MORE information on mosaic Trisomy 21, visit www.imdsa.org or www.idscforlife.org.