46-Pound Woman Brings Rare Syndrome Sufferers Together

A 4-foot, 3-inch woman sought to raise awareness this weekend of a rare syndrome known to affect just 300 people worldwide, chicagotribune.com is reporting.

Sheryl Grossman, 33, has a master's degree from a prestigious university, a promising career and her own Web site, but her accomplishments are often overshadowed by her small stature.

At just 46 pounds, Grossman suffers from Bloom's syndrome, a rare inherited disorder first described by dermatologist Dr. David Bloom in 1954, the Web site reported.

The condition is characterized by a high frequency of breaks and rearrangements in the chromosomes. (continue)