The Flórez-Troncoso couple awarded for a life “caring for the most vulnerable”

The Cantabrian couple formed by Victoria Troncoso and Jesús Flórez has obtained a new award for their work with people with different abilities. This time it was the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation in Spain that wanted to recognize a career dedicated to the care of the most vulnerable, reports E. Press

María Victoria Troncoso has a degree in Law, a professor specialized in Therapeutic Pedagogy, founder (1982), president (until 2018) of the Down Syndrome Foundation of Cantabria and a reference for many parents with children with intellectual disabilities.

He has dedicated a large part of his life, study, research, dedication and affection to the promotion and care of people with intellectual disabilities, especially people with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), as well as to accompanying families in welcoming their child. with disabilities, as highlighted by the awards jury. For his part, Jesús Flórez, emeritus professor of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cantabria, directs the Ibero-American Down21 Foundation, whose mission is the ongoing training and advice of all the people who make up the Down syndrome community throughout the world. Spanish-speaking world, through its various actions, programs and projects.

Victoria Troncoso and Jesús Flórez are parents of four children, two of whom have intellectual disabilities of genetic origin. She has numerous awards for her work, such as the Telefónica-Repsol Foundation First Prize for Family and Disability or the ‘Christian Porquechel Research Award’, awarded by the National Down Syndrome Congress of the United States, among others.

According to the president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation in Spain, Mónica López Barahona, this international award, created to recognize the work of people and institutions in favor of the most vulnerable people, falls in its first edition to “an exemplary couple that, like the marriage of Jérôme and Birthe Lejeune, has been a reference, consolation and help for many families who have welcomed a child with an intellectual disability, not only in Spain, but also beyond our borders, especially in Latin America.

“We feel very happy to be able to recognize such an exemplary life trajectory that has borne such remarkable results as the Cantabria Down Syndrome Foundation and the Iberoamericana Down 21 Foundation, among many others,” he highlighted.

«The Flórez Troncoso couple is an example for all of us who want to dedicate our lives to caring for the most vulnerable: their dedication does not decline over the years and is a wonderful example of the life that can be generated when welcomed with simplicity. and all the vulnerability of those around us,” added the general director of the Foundation, Pablo Siegrist.

The award ceremony will take place on November 15, at the charity Gala that the Foundation is organizing at Platea Madrid, sponsored by Dehesa El Milagro and with the support of many other companies and institutions, including Acciona.

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