Caterina Scorsone Shares Photos of Her Daughter In Honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month
The Grey’s Anatomy star is an advocate for Down Syndrome. Her 2-year-old daughter Paloma was born the chromosomal condition and the actress often uses her platform as a voice to educate the world on the condition.
The 36-year-old actress posted a series of photos via Instagram on Tuesday. Scorsone wrote that her hope is that the language of the condition changes and gushed about her daughter’s “beautiful” differences.
“October is Down syndrome awareness month. Here’s a little info,” Scorsone wrote. “1 in 700 babies is born with Down syndrome. Language is important. Parents don’t have a 1 in 700 ‘RISK’ of having a baby with Down syndrome.”
“Parents have a 1 in 700 CHANCE of having a baby with Down syndrome,” she continued. “Just like they have a 50 percent CHANCE of having a girl a 50 percent CHANCE of having a boy. (With some beautiful variations in there as well).”
The Grey’s actress concluded her post by reminding her listeners that it’s all in the language and to be kind when choosing the words you speak. “Differences are beautiful. Language changes how people think. Words are important.”
Caterina shared three photos of her sweet girl “Pippa” a nickname the actress often lovingly refers to her daughter as. In one of the shots, Paloma is a happy girl swinging on a swing set. In another picture the actress shared was a sister-sister moment between her eldest daughter Eliza, 6, helping her younger sister drink from her sippy cup.
This isn’t the first time the actress has voiced her support for Down Syndrome. Since welcoming her daughter in November 2016 the Canadian actress has been advocating for more public research funding for the chromosomal disorder.
She has also praised several brands including American Girl, Gerber, Anthropology and Tea Collection for incorporating children with Down Syndrome in their promotions, collections, and catalogs.
Caterina has referred to her daughter as a “blessing” and believes she was sent to her “to teach us how to love.”