Update on October 11, 2012
Just a quick note to inform each of you that in the first 84 days of this petition's life we received just 1700 signatures... BUT IN THE LAST 17 DAYS WE GAINED 2000signatures!!! This rapid increase is due to your much appreciated attention to this matter.
WE APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR AID IN THIS EFFORT.
AND GET THIS.... A representative from Facebook causes emailed me this week and wrote "I noticed that your petition about 22Q has been gaining momentum on Causes." and expressed an interest to feature our petition on the Facebook Causes Healthcare Section page. I of course responded immediately and our petition is now listed on the Facebook Homepage for Healthcare Causes!!! ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS!
Your help with this goal is not overlooked or under-appreciated. This is without doubt a collaborative effort of those dedicated to 22q awareness, but also requires the many people who don't know much about this syndrome but DO recognize the undeniable value of having a diagnosis from day one in the case that a child is born with the possibility of nearly 200 health or developmental risks.
The recent increase in signatures is proof positive that reaching our self-imposed goal of 10,000 signatures is absolutely possible with your continued support of this initiative. We encourage each of you again to send/share this petition link with all of your Facebook friends and take a moment to write a few words about why this is critical to all expectant parents everywhere. Combined with the fact that the U.S. has a unique opportunity to lead by example for the rest of the world and pave the way for our 22q community of friends and family around the world.
If you have friends or family that do not use Facebook please guide them to this alternative petition which was created for those who do not currently have a Facebook profile. http://www.change.org/petitions/add-6-test-to-u-s-newborn-screen-save-lives-money
I sincerely thank you for your attention to this, and thank you in advance for your continued support of this initiative.
Michelle Breedlove Sells
The Dempster Family Foundation