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The Mayor of Dallas and the City Council have proclaimed May 21st, 2022, as “Downright Perfect Day.”

The date of May 21st was selected by Kelly and Kelso, an organization that provides children with literature about Down syndrome. The date's significance is important for two reasons: Kelly Owen Burk, the inspiration behind Kelly and Kelso, was born with Down syndrome on May 21, 1952, and his story has positively impacted thousands of lives around the world. The date also signifies the uniqueness of Down syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome.

Kelly and Kelso is honoring Kelly Owen Burk for his part in shining light on Down syndrome awareness through an array of media. Kelly’s role in the Down syndrome community has been impactful as he has been the representation to those with Down syndrome as well as educating typical children. 

Join Kelly and Kelso in seizing the opportunity to unite in bringing healing and transformation to our city as we celebrate our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome on May 21st. 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5.

Kelly and Kelso believe that this Jeremiah 1:5 word is not just for Dallas, but is available to other cities, states, and countries who are willing to pursue inclusion. 
On May 21st, grab a cheeseburger, Kelly’s favorite, and remember to reach out to your local Down syndrome organizations and see how you, too, can build a culture of love and kindness.


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