Burying your head doesn’t get you anywhere!


20 years after the death of Professor Jérôme Lejeune, the Foundation is still taking on the increasing number of new ethical and scientific challenges which turn up, concerning the defence of life. Expositions, theatre and publications: the anniversary of Jérôme Lejeune’s death is a good opportunity to remind people about the still very topical words he said and battles he fought.

This exposition didn’t get here coincidentally

These are the words that marked the opening of the tour of the “Jérôme Lejeune, a discovery for life” exposition at Arras on June 20th, 2014. And these words were pronounced by the mayor of the town, Frédéric Leturque, in front of a hundred people gathered in the town hall which is where the exposition was hosted for about ten days.

Indeed, it seemed normal that this major event, i.e., the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Jérôme Lejeune’s death, should begin in Arras, town highly involved in the fight for the defence and integration of people with Down Syndrome. Chance has nothing to do with it, of course. On the contrary, it was about converging the battles of the Foundation and the causes defended by Arras in one place to “put forward these people in order for them to be recognised and accepted in our society”, as explained by Emmanuel Laloux, president of the Collectif des Amis d’Eléonore.

A success in Arras

About fifteen volunteers took it in turns to welcome the public during the 10 days during which the expositions went on.

Two at a time, they were able to guide and answer the questions of the hundred daily visitors that turned up, all interested in the subject. They were all very happy to increase their knowledge and discover or rediscover how profoundly Jérôme Lejeune was “a researcher, a doctor and a defender of life, a man moved by the love of people with Down Syndrome whom he received in consultation and because he respected life” as explained by Thierry de la Villejegu, director of the Foundation during the inauguration.

Things must be said clearly, the quality of a civilisation is measured through the respect it has for the weakest of its members. There is no other criterion of judgement.
Professor Jérôme Lejeune


« Jérôme Lejeune, a discovery for life » has already been announced. It will take place in Lyon from November 22nd to December this year at the “Maison des Familles”, in the II district.

And for the beginning of 2015, Laval will be the town hosting the exposition from January 9th to 19th.

Other towns have come forward to launch the exposition in the coming months, with the help of motivated teams of volunteers, in order to make known, through this means, the work and battle of Jérôme Lejeune. It is a wonderful gift that these places and volunteer are giving people with Down Syndrome and their families, as said Misses Lejeune during the inauguration at Arras last June 20th: “Burying your head doesn’t get you anywhere. So you can be proud of yourselves. I am very touched to see you here, because until the last day of his life, he worried: ’Who is going to carry on my battle?’ And you are all here. And for that I want to thank you dearly.”

Other places of exposition :
LYON : La Maison des Familles, 52 Cours Charlemagne, 69002 Lyon
Hours: from 10a.m. to 6.30a.m
Dates: Saturday 22nd November to Wednesday 3rd December

LAVAL : Maison diocésaine Cardinal BILLE
10, rue d’Avesnières 53000 LAVAL
Car park : place de Hercé
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 10a.m. to 6p.m.
Dates: from January 9th to 19th, 2014.