Currently, there are about 30,000 people – of all ages – living with Williams syndrome (WS) in the United States. Each day, they are challenged by medical problems, including life-threatening cardiovascular disease, kidney and gastrointestinal issues, developmental delays, learning and emotional challenges. And the Williams Syndrome Association is there to help. Each year we provide the programs that families need – education, resources, advice and counsel from professional experts and emotional support – much of it at very low cost, or no cost at all.
This year, like last year, Covid-19 restrictions have altered the way we administer much of our programming as well as our ability to fundraise for these programs.
We depend on our “Walks for Williams” to provide nearly 80% of the funding (more than $750,000!) required for us to administer programs and support to families. Your help is vital if we are to continue our mission and programming without disruption! On Saturday, August 28, we will hold a virtual walk “#EverywhereWSA”. Additionally, there will be a small number of in-person walks throughout the country in August, September and October.
Our virtual and in-person walks provide a special opportunity for EVERY MEMBER of the WSA, along with their family and friends, to participate and support the WSA in 2021. Whether you create a team or donate to the walk for the first time, or you’ve been participating for many years, please consider increasing your support in 2021. Walking together in 2021, and donating at the most meaningful level possible, can ensure that the programs of the WSA will continue for years to come!
Executive Director, WSA