Norwalk school shows support for classmate on Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day
A Norwalk school came together Tuesday for Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day in solidarity with one of their own.
Angelman syndrome is a rare neurogenetic disorder that affects one in 15,000 babies.
Jayden Fleuriot was diagnosed with Angelman ssyndrome when he was 1 1/2 years old. The rare genetic disorder affects development, speech and coordination.
Sabrina Fleuriot says her son's laughter and his sense of humor always shine through.
"If you're in his presence, you can't be sad - because he would just do something to make you laugh. And when he cracks up, everyone cracks up," said Sabrina Fleuriot.
Rowayton Elementary wore blue Tuesday in support of Jayden Fleuriot, and his class participated in Angelman-themed activities, including tie-dying blue shirts.
Sabrina Fleuriot says her son's teachers, many of whom have been with him for years, have become like part of the family.
"I don't think I could have gotten this far without that kind of support and that kind of love and just them believing in Jayden," she said.
Teachers say it all starts with the love and dedication of his parents.