Monday, May 17, 2010

Walking for Williams

Walking for Williams / People News / News

Jason Anderson, 25, and Matthew Pow, 24, have lots in common.

Both love sports and music, enjoy their jobs and are good friends. They also share something else – a rare, genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome.

It’s virtually unknown to the general public, educators and many doctors. Yet it’s touched families in the local area, and Jason and Matthew are participating with them Saturday, May 15, in the first-ever Walk for Williams.

“We’re hoping to raise at least $2,000,” said Jason’s mom, Malia Anderson of Chantilly’s Armfield Farm community. “But the whole purpose is to raise awareness, even more than funds. People can just come out, walk and have fun.”

Matthew’s mother, Laurie Pow of Fairfax, near Burke Centre, agreed. Her son was diagnosed at 6 months old. “No one knew anything about it,” she said.

Now, Chantilly is among more than 35 communities across the U.S. participating in the inaugural Williams Syndrome Awareness Week, May 9-15. Area residents, plus honor and SGA students from Chantilly High and Lees Corner Elementary, will walk.

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