Youth Initiative

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Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), also known as restless legs syndrome or RLS, doesn't only affect adults. As this neurological condition has a genetic component, it can be hereditary. Some symptoms may arise early in life. It is on behalf of the youth living with WED/RLS we dedicate this page.

2014 Youth Art Contest Alert! The WED Foundation is pleased to announce its second Youth Initiative Art Contest, open to children age 17 and under. Entries can be a drawing or a painting and must depict Willis-Ekbom disease (restless legs syndrome). See samples and winners from previous contest below. To enter, click here. Contest has been extended to June 30, 2014.

Read what experts have to say on Children & RLS in our informational brochure.

Connect with other youth on the WED Foundation's Facebook Page.

Watch and share a youtube video on What is WED/RLS.

Winners of the 2010 Youth Initiative Drawing Contest. Please remember all pictures are copyrighted by the WED Foundation. Please contact us for potential use of these photos.

Age Group: 1-7 years

 Nayalee - 5

Description of drawing:

I have bees crawling on my feet and legs and it itches so much. And in school I can't stay still. And I am always tired and sleepy, daydreaming. And I cry because teacher and kids are mean to me and laugh about me.





Age Group: 8-12

Joseph - 9

Description of drawing:

My drawing shows me fighting with my squirmy legs. And I know I can never win!






Diamond - 11

Description of drawing:

Walking home from school, legs hurting and tingling. Thinking about legs bothering me all night.





Age Group: 13-17 

Aleesha - 13

Description of drawing:

It feels like I need to stretch my legs. My drawing is showing me being stretched out by ropes because I feel like I need to stretch my legs whenever I go to bed or if it's late. 





Kennedy - 15

Description of drawing:

When I get RLS pain it is deep to the bone. It feels to me like my bones are being twisted around and I can't move my legs. My picture shows me behind an X-ray to see my bones. 





Honorable Mention:

Jacob - 9

Description of drawing:

Bugs crawling in my legs.






Sarah - 10

Description of drawing:

What I drew was saying that my top part of my body is relaxed and calm, but the bottom wants to run really bad.