6/8/12 — Dr. Jérôme Lejeune was a remarkable man. He was the geneticist who discovered the cause of Down Syndrome and his was a devout Catholic. Dr. Lejeune was appalled at the way his discovery was being used: in a prenatal seek-and-destroy mission against those with Down Syndrome. My father was fortunate enough to meet Jérôme Lejeune and speak with him for a couple of hours. Read my father’s touching recollections here.
Dr. Lejeune died in 1994, but his tireless work for those with Down Syndrome continues on in the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA whose goal is to “help researchers find a therapeutic treatment that will improve the intellectual abilities of persons who have Trisomy 21.”