My fabulous friends and colleagues from Crossfit Resilience at Boston Scientific have inspired and encouraged me to participate in Mudderella New England this coming October. Our ultimate goal is to have FUN! When registering, I was given the option help raise funds for a charity that impacts lives.
I chose the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (theGSF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing global awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the #1 genetic killer of young children, accelerating research focused on ending this cruel disease, and supporting families impacted by SMA and other life-altering conditions. theGSF is an all volunteer organization, meaning 100% of your donation goes toward fulfilling their mission.
My husband and I are each carriers of a copy of an abnormal gene, which means that there is a 25% chance that we pass the abnormal genes on to our babies. If the baby inherits two copies of the abnormal gene, the baby will have the disease. SMA destroys the nerves responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement, but does not affect intelligence. Muscles that control breathing, swallowing, head and neck control, walking, and crawling are the most severely affected. Symptoms most often appear before a baby is two years old, but can start before birth or not until adulthood. Over 60% of individuals who are diagnosed with SMA are severely affected. There is currently no cure or treatment for SMA.
With your support (nothing is too small!) I hope we can support theGSF's mission in finding a cure for this terrible disease. Let's find a cure for SMA!