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Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
a/k/a: Families of SMA
925 Busse Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
The Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a voluntary-driven, non-profit organization dedicated solely to eradicating SMA by promoting and supporting research, helping families cope through informational programs and support, and educating the public and the medical community about SMA. Spinal muscular atrophy is a motor neuron disease. Motor neurons are nerve cells in the spinal cord, which send out nerve fibers to muscles throughout the body. The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. Established in 1984 by a group of concerned parents, Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy now has more than 24 chapters worldwide and more than 5,000 members families and is a founding member of the International Alliance for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. FSMA continues to be at the forefront of research, funding, both basic science researches, drug testing programs (Project Cure SMA) and its own drug discovery efforts. The organization supports several languages including Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, Greek, and Yiddish.
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