Sun, Aug 26, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Patients take part in sports competition

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

With the help of physical therapists and family members, about 100 patients with rare disorders took part in a sports competition in Taipei yesterday afternoon.

The event was organized by the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders and was attended by 89 patients of all ages.

The participants competed in events that included hitting baseballs, shooting basketballs, kicking soccer balls and competing in foot races.

Organizers of the event said most of the participants had one of three disorders, including Prader-Willi syndrome, a complex genetic disorder that causes cognitive disabilities; anchondroplasia, a genetic disorder that is a common cause of dwarfism; and tuberous sclerosis, which causes benign tumors to grow in the brain.

"Most people think that it is better for patients with rare disorders to stay indoors and rest as much as possible. In fact, appropriate exercise is good for them," said Chien Wen-jen (簡文仁), president of the National Federation of Association of Physical Therapists.

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