Thursday, May 8, 2008

Williams Syndrome Man Debuts New CD - Malden, MA

Manheim debuts Christian rock CD - Malden, MA - Malden Observer:

"Malden - Leif Manheim, a 44-year-old Malden resident who has Williams Syndrome, has completed a CD of 13 songs. To celebrate this achievement, he will perform a concert at the First Baptist Church of Woburn, located at 3 Winn St. in Woburn, on May 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Diagnosed as an adult, Leif exhibits many of the physiological and cognitive characteristics of a rare genetic developmental condition known as Williams Syndrome, which causes medical and developmental problems. Typical of individuals with Williams Syndrome, Leif loves music. He also happens to have perfect pitch, composes, improvises, and plays four instruments."

1 comment:

C. Marie Byars said...

I got here by a link and saw your whole profile. I was interested because a woman in our church has a grown son with Williams. His is apparently a milder version, but she has a hard time getting him to take care of himself because his IQ is high enough to resist her. He's successfully worked in part-time jobs but has had bad diverticulitis & won't watch his diet. Before my son (2nd child) was born, I was alterted that bloodwork plus age indicated that he had a 1:12 chance of being born with Trisomy 18. He was, thank God, NOT afflicted with that. God bless you.