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The International 22q11.2 Foundation
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OUR MISSION: Improving the quality of life for individuals affected by the 22q11.2 syndromes through family and professional partnerships.
OUR MISSION: Improving the quality of life for individuals affected by the 22q11.2 syndromes through family and professional partnerships.

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The official 2016 22q at the Zoo T-Shirt is now available

Purchase it today at www.22q.org/shop
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We are curious to know why YOU attend 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day.
I AM ATTENDING 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day 2016 to:
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Support someone
Make friends
​Raise awareness
Find hope
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Have fun
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Support someone
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Make friends
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​Raise awareness
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Find hope

We are curious to know why YOU attend 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day. Feel free to add a comment or tell us YOUR story.
I AM ATTENDING 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day 2016 to:
1.​ ​Raise awareness
2.​ ​Make friends
3.​ ​Have fun
4.​ ​Support someone
5.​ ​Find hope
6.​ ​Remember someone
7.​ ​Other

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Photos for an Inspirational Video

The International 22q11.2 Foundation is filming a series of educational videos about 22q. One of these is a "Dear Future Mom" video.

We are looking for active photos of children and adults with either 22q deletion or duplication syndromes that will be shown in the video along with interviews with different families. Activities include sports, cooking, having fun with friends, playing music, dance, art and more.
We would like worldwide participation so please share this post.

Read more and submit your photos here: www.22q.org/submit-photos
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Summary of 22q Community Survey Results

In October 2015 we published an online survey as part an effort to better understand and meet the needs of the worldwide 22q community.

Brief summary of the results:
There were 222 respondents from 15 countries. Families want more resources and more hope. They want awareness among medical and educational professionals. They are especially in need of information on transition to adulthood and behavioral health services.

Download full summary of the survey and our plans to better serve you here:
www.22q.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2015-Summary-of-Parent-Survey-Results.pdf
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Todd Simpson is a brilliant artist who happens to have 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.

When he was born he spent 767 days in the hospital due to congenital heart disease and feeding issues. He has had multiple open heart surgeries and endured countless hospital stays like many children with 22q. Todd's activities were once limited because of his health, yet he found talent and purpose in his music. Todd has a soulful voice and plays the guitar flawlessly. Todd does not read music. He plays by ear instead. He is very open about his learning differences and the health issues that he has faced.

He is about to release his second album. Listen to "I Found Love":
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6qom0WsmzA
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Say hi to Jaden, Avya, Ryne, and Jaidyn. Four of our younger "faces of sunshine" in the 2016 Calendar.

Thanks to all the parents who sent in photos of their wonderful children.
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51 cities around the world are officially confirmed for 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness day on May 22nd, 2016.
(see full list below)

Email info@22q.org to confirm your city today.

Visit www.22q.org/awareness-events/awareness/annual-22q-at-the-zoo
for information regarding T-shirts, ticket sales, newly updated checklists and guidelines for event organizers. The official 2016 22q at the Zoo T-shirt will be available by March 1st at the above link.

Let’s make 2016 our biggest event ever!

List of confirmed cities:
Australia: Brisbane, South Australia, New South Wales, Melbourne and Perth
England: Bristol, Chester, Sussex, Winchester, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Warwickshire, and Doncaster
Italy: Riccione, Carini, and Palermo
Northern Ireland
Scotland: Dundee 
Spain: Barcelona, Seville, and Madrid
South Africa: Port Elizabeth
Taiwan: Taipei
Poland: Warsaw

USA:
Seattle, WA
Nashville, TN
Sioux Falls, SD
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburg, PA
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Bronx, NY
Niagara Falls, NY
Staten Island, NY
Tupelo, MS
Billings, MT
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MN
Detroit, MI
Boston, MA
Brookfield, IL
Atlanta, GA
Jacksonville, FL
Wilmington, DE
Gulf Breeze, FL
Los Angeles, CA
Sacramento, CA
Oakland, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Birmingham, AL
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Are you going to the "22q at the Zoo" this year?
www.22q.org/awareness-events/awareness/annual-22q-at-the-zoo/
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Kids from our 10th Annual Calendar of 2016.

Purchase the calendar here:
https://22q11-2-foundation.myshopify.com/products/faces-of-22q-2015-calendar
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