The Alice community celebrated World Down Syndrome Day Thursday to raise awareness of Down Syndrome through the Rock Your Socks Off Campaign.

Carla Zambrano knows the challenges faced with Down Syndrome. Her son, Diego, has down syndrome. Carla tries to bring awareness about the medical condition to community members especially the youth.

March 21 mark the 14th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. The people of Alice and surrounding communities wear crazy socks to support Diego and anyone with Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome International encourages people all over the world to choose activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down Syndrome, and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down Syndrome, making Down Syndrome the most common genetic condition, according to National Down Syndrome Society. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down Syndrome and about 6,000 babies with Down Syndrome are born in the US each year.

As part of a person's DNA there are 23 pairs of chromosomes. Down Syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21. The extra chromosome alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down Syndrome such as small stature and an upward slant to the eyes.

To learn more information on Down Syndrome visit www.worlddownsyndromeday2.org.