Struthers mom hosts Williams Syndrome event Saturday


After a winter that seemed to drag on endlessly, Emily Guerriero, 8, wouldn’t stay inside for a second longer.

Playing in the backyard of her Struthers home, Emily introduced each section of her swing set — a slide, a climbing wall, a hammock seat — like an artist presenting her work. She hopped on a swing and her mother, Karen Guerriero, gave her a push.

While she swung back and forth, Emily discussed her fascination with ring tones — of which she said she has at least one hundred — and how much she enjoyed playing outside.

Emily’s open and gregarious nature is common among children with Williams Syndrome, and Karen Guerriero hopes to share that bit of information — and much more — with the community through her annual Williams Syndrome awareness event at noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Struthers Parkside Church. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature games, raffles, therapy dogs, face painting, a DJ and food for purchase. All proceeds from the food and raffles will be donated to the Williams Syndrome Association.

Read more about the syndrome and the event in Friday's Vindicator or on

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