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Cedar Rapids Group Observes World Down Syndrome Day

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Friday marked World Down Syndrome Day. For nine years it's been a chance for those with Down syndrome, their family, and their friends to raise awareness about the genetic condition.

People are encouraged to observe the day however they like. A local support group decided ten pins and a heavy ball was the way to go.

Officials with the Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association said about 100 came out Saturday to spend the afternoon bowling at Lancer Lanes in Cedar Rapids.

It was free to attend, with the association picking up the bill. Organizers said they have these kinds of events at this time every year. It's not just a good time, but a lot more.

"Just to enable people to enjoy themselves, be proud of Down syndrome, come out in the community and show our support for those that have the disability, and appreciate it," said Tyler Haskovec, HADSA's treasurer.

World Down Syndrome Day is held each year on March 21st. It signifies the tripled 21st chromosome, which causes the condition.

Haskovec said HADSA waited to have the bowling event Saturday, figuring they'd have a bigger turnout.