Research Down Syndrome Partners with the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon

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Research Down Syndrome's charity running program RDS Runners will have a team participate in the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio on April 28.

Research Down Syndrome (RDS), a nonprofit foundation that is among the leading sources for funding of Down syndrome related cognitive research, is pleased to announce that the Foundation has been added as a charity partner in the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon, organized by the Toledo Roadrunners Club, and being held in Toledo, Ohio on April 28. Since 2011, the Foundation’s RDS Runners program has helped raise national awareness of Down syndrome research and significantly increased public financial backing of scientific studies aimed at the development of safe and effective therapies to address intellectual disabilities associated with Down syndrome.

"It is a great privilege to partner with the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon", stated Dr. Robert Schoen, President of RDS. "Supporters are embracing this running program in events across the country in which we are charity partners. They are energized by a national charity racing initiative which raises funds for Down syndrome research. We have heard from parents, other relatives, friends, and supporters of persons with Down syndrome who've told us how thrilled they are to participate in a program that combines two passions: support for persons with Down syndrome and a belief in the benefits of an active lifestyle. We are excited to carry this enthusiasm to the Toledo area through our partnership with the marathon.”

In 2013, RDS Runners continues its participation in such major events as the New York City, Chicago and San Francisco marathons, and has entered into charity partnerships with over thirty events across the country.

Highlights in 2013 include partnerships with both the United States Marine Corp and Air Force marathons, and RDS Runners Siobhan and Dan Pritchard’s participation in the grueling Leadville Trail 100 mile run in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. In addition to long distance running, RDS Runners is expanding its program to engage in shorter “fun run” events, in response to requests from local Down syndrome parent associations wishing to add research support to their advocacy.

About Research Down Syndrome
Research Down Syndrome (RDS) is committed to supporting the identification of the causes of the intellectual impairments associated with Down syndrome and to facilitating the development of pharmacological therapies to improve memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome. RDS supports and funds Down syndrome cognitive research conducted at preeminent research institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, The University of Arizona, University of California, San Diego, The University of Texas, Austin, and VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Research Down Syndrome is a legal corporate entity, and is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, go to http://www.researchds.org, or contact RDS: info@researchds.org or 877.863.2121.

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