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BWS survivor Jessica Stokes awarded medal, donation from Just for Kix dance group


For The Sun-Telegraph

BWS survivor Jessica Stokes, 6, was awarded a Just for Kix Hero Medal and her family was given a portion of the proceeds from the dance group's annual show in March. Pictured is the Stokes family. From left to right starting from the front row is sister Samantha, Jessica, sisters Taylor and Natalie, brother Johnathon, father Gred and mother Julie.

Last month, Jessica Stokes was awarded the Hero Medal by her dance group Just for Kix in recognition of her battle with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, a condition she has lived with since birth.

Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, or BWS, is an overgrowth disorder, usually present at birth, characterized by an increased risk of childhood cancer and certain congenital features.

"The JFK hero medal was awarded to Jessica for her strength, courage and positive attitude as she faces the challenges of living with BWS," said Donna Fort with Just for Kix.

Jessica was diagnosed with the syndrome shortly aft...

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