"PASADENA - Laura Betancourt is a typical teenager. She racks up cell phone minutes talking to friends and loves singing and donning her tap shoes.
The only difference between the 16-year-old Pasadena teen and her peers is her blindness.
Laura, an eighth-grader at John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, suffers from Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that weakened her immune system. She lost her vision eight years ago after complications from chicken pox.
Today, Laura will compete at the Junior Blind Olympics - pitting herself against hundreds of other athletes from California and across the nation in archery, rowing, soccer throw, goal ball, a 100-yard dash and the long jump."
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Disability doesn't stop spirited teen - Pasadena Star-News: