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October is now Dwarfism Awareness Month

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Local support group called The Little Cajuns helping local parents deal with the diagnosis of their little girl

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 4:20pm

We all know October is breast cancer awareness month, but it's also an awareness month for dwarfism.  Kelsey is a local girl who was born with dwarfism.  Her parents found a local support group called The Little Cajuns.  It's full of families just like them from around Acadiana.  They got the governor to designate October as "Dwarfism Awareness Month" because it's an issue that's often not talked about.

"We just wanted to spread awareness of the use of the word midget, and that it is offensive.  It's something we didn't know until she was diagnosed, and we personally don't take it to be offensive because we know some people don't realize that it is, but we prefer the term dwarfism or a person with dwarfism as opposed to the use of the word midget," says Ava Hebert, Kelsey's mother.

The Hebert family says they rely on The Little Cajuns and a facebook group called Parents of Little People.  The Little Cajuns meet every few months, but they don't just come from Lafayette.  There are also families from New Iberia and Baton Rouge as well.

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