“We’ve got 47 chromosomes, and you have 46; you’re missing one.”
The presence of an extra chromosome sets apart children affected by Dawn Syndrome, reflecting distinct challenges related to walking and speaking. These children have shorter legs and heights, accompanied by increased weight. Consequently, their need for physical exercise is more pronounced. In Iran, among every 1000 births, ten are diagnosed with chromosome abnormalities. Experts estimate that pregnancies after the age of 35 could result in approximately 2500 births with chromosome abnormalities annually. Recognizing the potential benefits of physical activity and social engagement, experts advocate for group exercises, games, and inclusive sports environments for individuals with Down syndrome. Addressing this need, Angels of Wall 47, an Iranian institution dedicated to supporting children with 47 chromosomes, has pioneered the creation of the world’s first Down syndrome wrestling, squash, and football teams, enabling these children to participate in sports and thrive.
This Story was awarded 1st place in the IPPOY (Iranian Press Photo Awards of the Year) 2019 for the Sports Story category.