This young woman is 19 years old and suffers from Cockeyne syndrome, a hereditary condition characterized by dwarfism, precociously senile appearance, pigmentary degeneration of the retina, optic atrophy, deafness, sensitivity to sunlight and mental retardation.

This young woman is 19 years old and suffers from Cockeyne syndrome, a hereditary condition characterized by dwarfism, precociously senile appearance, pigmentary degeneration of the retina, optic atrophy, deafness, sensitivity to sunlight and mental retardation.

This rare syndrome mimics a brutal premature aging process. Life expectancy for patients with Cockeyne syndrome is usually 13 years. Due to the debilitating effects of her syndrome, she weighs only 18 pounds, has a feeding tube and is effectively blind and hard of hearing. She has recently lost the ability to walk. Like many seriously ill elderly people, this young woman is extremely sensitive to heat and cold.

Although she has outlived her life expectancy, mostly due to the care of her mother, she still attends school in her district when she is able.

The mother is divorced and is not receiving child support for her daughter since the father refuses to pay now that the daughter is legally an adult.

The mother is hoping for gift certificates so that she may buy her daughter some Christmas presents and warm clothes.