This little love is eight-year-old Sophia. She loves animals, playing in water and making new friends and she has Angelman Syndrome. Angleman Syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births and is characterized by developmental delays including difficulty speaking, seizure disorders, and symptoms of autism, cerebral palsy and even more. However, individuals with Angelman Syndrome are often full of smiles and laughter, leading to the term: “Happy Puppet” and Sophia is no exception. Please support and celebrate Sophia and all those who are affected by rare diseases this Thursday, February 28, for Rare Disease Day. For more information on Angelman Syndrome, please visit www.angelman.org.