Cheerleader with Achondroplasia Finds It’s Worth the Trip to Get Treatment at MU Health Care

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Story Summary

Lilah Ward is used to being the center of attention. The eighth grader from West Memphis, Arkansas, is a cheerleader for her junior high school’s football and basketball teams. Her position is flyer, which means that when her squad forms a pyramid, she’s on top. Ward is also easy to recognize because she has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. It’s important for people with dwarfism — or skeletal dysplasia, which is the medical term for the family of conditions — to find a doctor who understands the challenges they might face and has experience treating them.

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