Opportunity for AmEx card holders

This is directly from an email about the project:

Dear Friends,

The National Down Syndrome Congress has an exciting opportunity and you can help us secure it to the benefit of all people with Down syndrome and their families.

We have been notified that an NDSC initiative has been named one of 50 finalists as an American Express Members Project. NDSC member Sandra McElwee approached the NDSC about the project;NDSC Board member David Forney wrote the successful entry.

If we succeed in the selection process, we may be awarded up to $5 million to promote Down syndrome awareness.

To get to that, our project must make its way through three rounds of voting by American Express Card Members.

You will find a description of our project below. If after reading it ­ and if you are an American Express card member,­ you can help by going on line and following the instruction to vote for the NDSC project titled:

Awareness Can Build a Family

Yearly, thousands of women are tested to determine if the child they carry has Down syndrome. A positive answer often portrays a bleak future in which their child will impose terrible burdens and dreams die.

Many medical professionals have scant knowledge of Down syndrome and are unable to comfort or educate.

Their messages tag people with Down syndrome as having no value, implying there is no place for them in our world.

The tragic result: an astonishing 90% of pregnancies involving diagnosis of Down syndrome are terminated.

In fact, there is much to celebrate. Children with Down syndrome excel in school, participating in sports and graduating. As adults they live independent, rewarding lives. Ask a parent, you will hear of joy, fulfillment.

My Members Project, Awareness Can Build a Family, would use public service television, ads, booklets and more to tell that people with Down syndrome are more like all of us than not and are of priceless value.

If you agree with all of that, please vote as soon as possible ­ the first round closes July 15, 2007.

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