As part of its focus on giving back to our communities, MPulse Software, Inc is pleased to recognize the efforts of MPulse product specialist Dan Nagel, who recently became involved in a charity golf event hosted by Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (DADS) of the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Donald Ross Golf Course, $75 of the event’s $100 green fee went directly to the DADS group. The money will help provide therapies for local children with Down syndrome.
“More people are diagnosed with Down syndrome than any other genetic condition,” Dan said. “But it’s the least funded. The money we raised will help local children with Down syndrome receive therapies that will make a huge difference in their lives.”
One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic condition. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year, according to the National Down Syndrome Society.
DADS is a community group for fathers of children who have Down syndrome. In addition to providing support and a sense of community, DADS also advocates for medical, educational, financial, social, and other causes applicable to people with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana is a support service for children and adults in the area.
Dan’s participation in his local DADS group is personal. He joined after his newborn son was diagnosed with Down syndrome.
“I didn’t know much about Down syndrome before Rowen was born,” he explained. “The more I learned, the more I realized that even though it’s the most common genetic condition, it doesn’t receive the attention of researchers or the financial support that could make a big difference.”
MPulse encourages and rewards community service by allowing employees paid time off work to contribute.
“Giving back to our communities is part of the MPulse company culture,” explained Steve Brous, MPulse President and CEO. “Dan’s a great example of someone who is making a difference in the lives of local children, while also encouraging support for people with Down syndrome both nationally and around the world.”
The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana is to enhance the lives of people affected by Down syndrome, advocate on their behalf, provide information and support to families and professionals, and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome in northeast Indiana.