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Pouches' Community Corner

The 5th Annual Jacey’s Walk for Williams Syndrome Awareness will be held at the Ron Rosner YMCA on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The walk is brief and is followed by a fun-filled family day. There will be music by DJ Cathy Lynn, as well as food, a silent auction, face painting, a bake sale, children’s activities and more!

What is Williams Syndrome? That’s what Jacey’s mom asked after the diagnosis when Jacey was just a year old. Williams Syndrome is diagnosed when there is a DNA deletion on chromosome 7. Williams Syndrome occurs in about 1 in 50,000 births, is not preventable and has no cure. People with Williams Syndrome often exhibit autistic-like behaviors and some are dual diagnosed with autism. These individuals differ from the typical autistic individual because they also often have heart disease or cardiovascular abnormalities, kidney and bladder disease, high blood pressure, elevated calcium levels and are very sociable.

Jacey, now 5, has all of the above along with visual impairment, neurological disorders, epilepsy and gastrointestinal difficulties. She’s an absolute joy to all that know her and a true blessing to her entire family.

All proceeds from the event go to the Williams Syndrome Association, the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with Williams Syndrome. Through Jacey’s Walk, her family has been able to connect with at least one new local family each year that has a child diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. To them, finding others to connect and offer support to makes it all worthwhile.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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