Author Archives: Mary Chapman

SMA Screening Now Available to 87% of Newborns in US

Screening for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of infant death, is now available to 87% of all babies born in the United States, according to Cure SMA. The milestone was reached after Arizona and Louisiana began testing newborns for SMA this year, raising the number…

U-M Student Disability Advocate Garners Neubacher Award

A University of Michigan (U-M) senior with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has won the school’s James T. Neubacher Award for his efforts to help make the campus — and everywhere else — more accessible to people with physical disabilities. Vincent Pinti, a political science major minoring in Spanish,…

$1M Raised for ‘SpawnTogether,’ Disabled Gamers Project

Steven Spohn, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), has reached his goal of raising $1 million for his fledgling initiative for disabled gamers, “SpawnTogether.” The funding, which came through donations, will go toward gaming equipment and consultation for The AbleGamers Charity, a nonprofit organization that seeks to make…

Across August, Variety of Events Celebrate SMA Awareness Month

From a Zoom book discussion to candle lightings, efforts to mark Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month, observed each August, are underway to increase awareness of this rare genetic disease and raise funds to battle it. Supporters are involved in a range of activities that including swapping out their social…

EveryLife Introduces First of Kind ‘Roadmap’ to ICD Codes

To help patient advocacy leaders and their partners better understand how global health statistics codes — known as ICD codes — are assigned, updated, and revised in the U.S. health information system, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is presenting a first-of-its-kind resource guide. The foundation created the…

Cure SMA Offers US Patients Free Tools to Boost Their Independence

Cure SMA is offering free “independence assistance packages” to teenagers and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in the U.S. to assist with everyday living or to help make living on their own possible. The Teen & Adult Independence Assistance Package is meant to supplement the nonprofit organization’s…