Dwarfism occurs before birth owing to rare genetic conditions that reduce the growth rate and size of bones. There are over 200 different types of dwarfism with most being extremely rare. People with dwarfism are referred to as Little People. There are approximately 20,000 little people in the USA.
Dwarfism is often accompanied by medical and orthopedic challenges. People with dwarfism typically undergo 3-15 surgical procedures through their life. Children with achondroplasia, a major form of dwarfism, may need multiple surgeries to relieve certain medial conditions including sleep apnea, spinal cord compression , and , bowing at the knees. Since dwarfism is rare the number of doctors and researchers specializing in addressing these challenges is very limited.
Growing Stronger is the first-of-its-
Little People and parents can register to attend LP Doc Talks and submit questions online at: http://www.growingstronger.org/
About Growing Stronger
Growing Stronger, founded in early 2011, is an organization that raises non-profit funds to support research focused on improving the quality of medical care of little people. Growing Stronger raises funds through families touched by dwarfism who become ambassadors. Growing Stronger is based in Saratoga, California. For more information on how to become an ambassador and the latest on related medical research please visit http://www.growingstronger.org