Friday, March 5, 2010

Williams Syndrome Gathering in Texas

The Paris News:

"Approximately 15 youngsters born with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, gathered in Paris this past weekend for a day of activities and networking.

Ranging in age from 13 to 21, participants came from Lamar and neighboring counties, the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Oklahoma and Louisiana. “We try to meet three or four times a year so the children can spend time together while the parents visit,” said Karen Justiss, whose son, Kaleb, 14, has Williams syndrome, also took part in the festivities.

The youngsters, sporting Teen Team T-shirts supplied by Howland Pecan Co., rode in a Hummer limo to the Eiffel tower for their group picture. Following the photo opportunity, the group met at the First Baptist Church Family Activity Center where they were greeted by the Paris 4-H Club, whose members brought a selection of farm animals. An archery shoot was another activity the group took part in, followed by a hamburger supper supplied by Sonic.

The group danced to music provided by Marc and Mary Payne then enjoyed game activities and basketball.

The evening ended with a dip in the pool and Jacuzzi at Comfort Suites."

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