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Aidan Patrick Woodruff had a due date of July 4th 2011. A fitting date for the most historic moment in my life. However, he had plans of his own and was delivered via C-section July 11th 2011. Like his mother he likes to make a “fashionably late” entrance. He is wonderful and the joy of our lives.
Our journey as a family began with a large bump in the road or for those of you who know him a small bump in his eyebrow. Shortly after birth Aidan was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Prader-Willi Syndrome, or PWS, is the most common known genetic cause of life-threatening obesity in children. Although the cause is complex it results from an abnormality on the 15th chromosome. It occurs in males and females equally and in all races. PWS is life-long and life threatening. As of yet, there is no cure. Persons living with PWS are continuously hungry and will never feel full. In addition to the constant pangs of hunger, PWS sufferers have a slowed metabolism and low muscle tone. Making it difficult for their body to efficiently use the food so desired. This is the reality.
Aidan is 9mos. now and is thriving. He meets each milestone with hard work and help from his family, physical therapy, and special education. We could not be prouder. It is hard to know what the future will hold for him. But with your help and generosity we can bring awareness to Prader-Willi Syndrome and hope for the future.
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