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Posted Aug 04 2010 12:00am

He’s going to swim the equivalent of 43 football fields, bike the distance from Birmingham to Atlanta and run the length of Interstate 459…and all for the UAB Adult Down Syndrome Clinic . Christian Maniscalco of Vestavia is training for his first Ironman triathlon, in Louisville on Aug. 29. And he’s using the Ironman experience to raise money and awareness.

Christian has already raised more than $22,000 for UAB’s Adult Down Syndrome Clinic through the Janus Charity Challenge . Janus, an investment firm, is a sponsor of the Ironman triathlon and helps athletes raise funds for their favorite charities.

Christian devoted his efforts to Down syndrome after attending a Buddy Walk put on by PADS, Parents Advocates Down Syndrome , an Alabama support group for families dealing with Down syndrome. There, he met Eddie Lose, M.D., the director of the UAB clinic, the only clinic for adults with Down syndrome in the Southeast and one of the few in the nation..

Down syndrome patients are now routinely living into their 40’s and 50’s because of improvements in diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition. The UAB clinic provides services related to their Down syndrome, but also for general adult conditions they may be facing, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

You can find out more about Christian’s efforts at or send him some encouragement at .

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