The smiles on the faces of people with Angelman syndrome (AS) mask severe developmental delay, speech difficulties, and seizure disorders. And yet, they go on smiling and laughing. That’s just one reason the Angelman Syndrome Foundation seeks to advance the awareness, understanding and treatment of AS, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
The 2013 Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk will be held on Saturday, May 18 in 30 metropolitan cities, including the Minneapolis walk in Lakeville, Minnesota.
Angelman syndrome is a neurological disorder that is largely misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy. People with AS have difficulty walking and sleeping. Most people with Angelman syndrome cannot speak. They will require care for their entire lives.
The prevalence of AS is estimated as 1 out of 15,000 in the population. Angelman syndrome occurs equally in males, females, and all ethnic groups. A large portion of the Angelman population, especially adults and minorities, remains undiagnosed.
The national annual walk will raise awareness and encourage further diagnosis. The money raised will be used for education, support, and medical research.
The walk begins and ends at Valley Lake Park, 16050 Garrett Path, with registration starting at 9 a.m.
To donate or register for the 2013 Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk, call 1-800-432-6435 or visit angelman.org.
Angelman Syndrome Foundation
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