World Down Syndrome Day
Many of our patients have known Brandi Frederick as our Referrals Coordinator for the past seven years. But to some, she's also known as the Disney Princess, Elsa.
Brandi made an appearance as Elsa most recently on World Down Syndrome Day, at a celebration for families affected by Down Syndrome, hosted by the Northwest Down Syndrome Association. As the Special Guest, Elsa, Brandi posed from more than 500 photos with children, danced to Let it Go!, and gave many children big reasons to smile.
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed around the world every year on March 21st (3/21), in recognition of the 3 copies of chromosome 21 which is present in most people living with Down Syndrome. WDSD was first celebrated in 2006 in many countries around the world, and continues to be a day of recognition, pride, and awareness building around the globe. You can learn more about the global movement on the World Down Syndrome Day website:
Here in Portland, the NWDSA has been marking March 21st -- World Down Syndrome Day -- with a night out for families and friends since 2011. The day is viewed as a time to share a meal together, bringing Down Syndrome awareness to the wider community, and celebrate the uniqueness of families with a child with Down Syndrome.
You can see a video of Elsa's appearance on the NWDSA Facebook page (March 23). Brandi enjoys her side gig as Elsa, because "it's so much fun seeing the kids' reactions,” she says. Being part of World Down Syndrome Day was particularly meaningful, though, because her work at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest includes working with children with Down Syndrome.