â??Walk for Williamsâ?? helps local kids with rare genetic disorder

Walk for Williams will be held on Saturday, May 18 in Perrysburg.

Williams syndrome may be a rare gentic disorder only affecting 1 in 10,000 people worldwide, but a group in Perrysburg hopes to educate the community about the unique challenges local children with this disorder face at the annual Walk for Williams event.

According to the Williams Syndrome Association , WS is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. The disorder is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities. These occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.

This year, Walk for Williams will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Grace United Methodist Church, located at 601 E. Boundary in Perrysburg. Families who have been affected by Williams syndrome will gather with supporters to spread the word about the disorder and raise critical funding for programs.

The event features a fundraising walk and other activities, including lunch, games and music from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Local residents are encouraged to come out and support families affected by Williams syndrome and the WSA. Anyone who would like more information is urged to contact Michelle Self at or visit the event website.