Following Mary Pat

Research Down Syndrome Benefit Gala at Drumthwacket

My dear friends Dr. Pat White-Flatley and Dan Flatley have a 9 year-old boy with Down syndrome. They started an organization to do cognitive research for Down syndrome called Research Down Syndrome. I was delighted to be the Honorary Chairperson of the benefit gala and to host this event at Drumthwacket because it recognizes the work of an organization that is blazing a new path to improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. One of my goals as New Jersey’s First Lady is to recognize people and organizations that inspire individuals to have pride in themselves and that help put our residents in a position to use their talents, skills and abilities for the benefit of others in our state. For this reason, in addition to supporting research groups like Research Down Syndrome, I have also endorsed the work of groups dedicated to educating, training and employing the disabled and the disadvantaged. The more we can do to support each other, to help the families and individuals who deal daily with the challenges of disabilities, illnesses, and poverty, the more we can enrich our state.