Videojournalist: Angela Fowler
Danville, VA- Danville held the first Virginia Angelman Syndrome Walk Saturday at Anglers Park.
30 different states across the country also held walks for this cause.
Most people are not familiar with the genetic disorder and confuse it with autism. Children with Angelman Syndrome usually have lighter hair and eyes and display limited speaking and walking abilities.
They are loving people and are always smiling, and because of these traits they are often referred to as "Angels".
"The fact that she can't communicate you know it's really hard for us because we want you know you want your child to be happy and you want to meet their needs so sometimes it's a battle to go through the steps of trying to figure out what it is that she needs from us when she's upset or if she's hurting," said Heather Daniel, the mother of a child with Angelman Syndrome.
Research on the syndrome is ongoing and you can learn more about it by clicking here http://www.angelman.org/