WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, September 15, Kathy Ireland, the actress and model, will be in Washington, DC participating in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's tribute to Rep. Patrick Kennedy that evening at the House Rayburn Building. She will be available Wednesday morning and early afternoon for interviews regarding her work to increase clinical research for Down syndrome, the genetic condition that impacts more than 400,000 Americans and their family and friends. Ms. Ireland has a niece, Polly, who has the condition. Rep. Kennedy, of Rhode Island, is a co-chair of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus, which has advocated for more funding to research ways to enhance the lives of people with Down syndrome. Currently, much of the public and private research is focused on improving technology to detect the condition earlier in pregnant mothers so they can determine whether to terminate their pregnancies. Ms. Ireland can discuss why it is so important that more research be done to improvement the life skills, medical care and cognition for people with the condition and she will talk specifically about her relationship with Polly, who she loves very much.
SOURCE Global Down Syndrome Foundation