August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness (SMA) Month. Spinal muscular atrophy is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, and impacting their ability to walk, eat, and breathe. Learn more about SMA and find ways to help spread awareness HERE and in the videos below.

 

Spinal muscular atrophy - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology

By Osmosis

What is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)? SMA's an autosomal recessive disorder that causes alpha motor neurons in the spinal cord to die, resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy.

 

Spinal Muscular Atrophy and a Gift of Grace

By Children's Hospital Colorado

Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 23 months, Lucy couldn't walk and was losing her ability to crawl. An experimental treatment at Children's Hospital Colorado likely saved her life. Now approved, it's so effective that you can't even tell Lucy's younger brother Lincoln has the same disease.

 

Growing up with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

By Attitude

Maija Fredrichberg has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her muscles are slowly deteriorating and her parents were told she wouldn't live past her fifth birthday. Maija is now ten years old and thriving, having undergone a major surgery to straighten her spine… and save her life.