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Arecibo girl to help raise Down syndrome awareness in stateside ad campaign


By The Star Staff


The image of little Zoey Camille Santiago Rosado of Arecibo will be part of the deployment of one of the most famous advertising campaigns in New York, an initiative of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to raise awareness and make people living with the genetic condition more visible.


The presentation of the youngster, who was born in the Islote de Arecibo neighborhood, will take place Saturday, Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Times Square, the organization announced in a press release.


Six-year-old Zoey’s photo was chosen from more than 2,100 entries across the United States to be integrated into a video that promotes the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.


“For us it is a matter of true pride and immense satisfaction to see the scope of all the effort and sacrifice that we have made as a family to provide all the necessary tools for maximum development to our little girl,” said Cynthia Rosado, Zoey’s mother. “Zoey has been and is a blessing to everyone who knows her and as Puerto Ricans we are extremely excited about the positive impact that she continues to have in the lives of other people.”


The campaign presentation will be broadcast live on the NDSS Facebook page.