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Christian Barrett3   The Ride 4 Williams Syndrome is the first-ever cycling event being held as a tribute to individuals living with the genetic condition, Williams Syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition present at birth, which affects individuals simply by chance. Approximately 30,000 people in USA and 15,000 people in Canada have this unique genetic condition. Despite medical hardships and intellectual challenges, people with Williams embrace life and everyone around them, with unconditional love and complete acceptance.

It is characterized by several medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. However, these issues often occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and a strong affinity for music.

There are several characteristics of Williams Syndrome, such as:
  • Characteristic facial appearance
  • Heart and blood vessel problems
  • Hypercalcemia (elevated blood calcium levels)
  • Feeding problems
  • Irritability (colic during infancy)
  • Dental abnormalities
  • Kidney abnormalities
  • Hernias
  • Hyperacusis (sensitive hearing)
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Over friendly (excessively social) personality
  • Developmental delay, learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

For additional information, contact the Williams Syndrome Association: www.williams-syndrome.org


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Roger J. Barrett
Ride 4 Williams Syndrome
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