Charity event to support Down syndrome research

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In America, around one in 800 babies are born with Down syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality caused by a cell division that results in an additional 21st chromosome. The majority of people living with Down syndrome have cognitive delays ranging from mild to severe.

The Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF) is an organization that works toward funding research that accelerates treatments to improve cognitive abilities for people living with Down syndrome-thus helping Down syndrome individuals independently function in their daily lives and avoid the early onset of Alzheimer's disease.

In an effort to help the cause, Barbara Villalobos, a parent of a child with Down syndrome, organized a fundraiser. At 5:00 p.m. on April 27, at the Winnetka Covenant Church, located at 1200 Hibbard Rd. in Wilmette, a concert will be held to support DSRTF. Performers from the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) in Winnetka will take the stage to join in on the cause-something they all volunteered to do.

"I chose this forum-a music concert by young musicians-because I also think it is important for children to do their part to make the world a better place," said Villalobos. "They can use their talents to help their peers, children with whom they integrate all the time in the classroom, on the playground, and with whom they will integrate in the workplace."

If you are unable to attend but wish to donate, please visit and give on-line. Please reference "Jackapalooza."