(ABC4) – A Utah nonprofit is raising money to help find families for orphaned children around the world with Down syndrome through a virtual challenge called “Three 21.”
As we approach World Down Syndrome Day March 21, Race for Orphans with Down Syndrome, (RODS), asks the public to get involved by focusing their attention on the number 21, to represent the 21 extra chromosomes that people with Down syndrome have.
“March 21 is a special day, it’s World Down Syndrome Day and to celebrate this, Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome is hosting Three 21,” shares founder Brady Murray. It’s very easy to participate.
Photos courtesy of RODS
In order to get involved, RODS says all you have to do is “Share, Do and Give”.
“To get started, we’re going to invite you to share first,” says Michael McKnight, COO of RODS. “You may have seen a special video circulating the internet of some of our special friends dancing. We would like you to share this happiness of this video with 21 of your friends.
According to the organization, participants are invited to share the video on social networks and to tag their friends to “brighten their day”.
The next thing the organization wants is for participants to do three things centered around the number 21.
“You can ride 21 miles on your bike, you can run for 21 minutes, bake 21 cookies for a friend, or just make 21 people smile,” Murray adds. “It really depends on you and what you do that day.”
After the participants shared the video of children with Down syndrome with 21 people, and did something centered around the number 21, Murray and McKnight are asking attendees to donate to the cause afterwards.
“Right now, there are so many orphans who are ready to be identified and advocated for,” McKnight says. “As donations increase in their name, so will the opportunity to defend them.”
According to RODS, once advocacy for these children grows, the opportunity for their eternal families to find them will also follow.
Due to COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions, the RODS organization is doing its fundraising virtually through its Three 21 event by the end of March.
Race for Orphans with Down Syndrome, was born for the first time in 2007.
“Our founder, Brady Murray, saw his life changed forever as he held his newborn son in his arms,” it read. their website. “The doctor told Brady that his son Nash had Down syndrome. What initially looked like an overwhelming challenge has now become the greatest blessing.
Photos courtesy of RODS
According to the organization, Murray and his wife Andrea quickly realized the incredible joy and love brought to their family by having a child with Down syndrome. Nash surprised them with his happiness and his ability to show unconditional love to all.
“Nash is the inspiration behind RODS and the reason we fight to bring other children with Down syndrome into a loving family,” they add.
RODS is structured to give purpose to the people who run and to provide support and financial assistance to families wishing to give these sweet orphans a forever home.
“Join us in a cause that makes a real difference, permanent change and lasting impact,” they add. “We care about every child and help them succeed, which is why we fundraise for one child at a time. Whether you want to adopt, donate or race, we hope you choose to be a RODS heroes and lead the way to bring more orphans with Down syndrome into a family of their own!