In 2011, we learned our son, Reid, had Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  SMA is a genetically inherited muscle disorder. Through the diagnosis process, we learned that we are genetic carriers for SMA as well as approximately 1 in 35 Americans. Unfortunately because of his muscle disorder, he is unable to walk and has some overall muscle weakness.  As his parents, we cannot sit and wait for a cure or miracle.  Both of us have become quite involved in the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), as SMA is one of the 40+ disorders that the MDA family covers.  Chris is a team captain for a MDA Muscle Walk team for the annual Pittsburgh walk.  Our team is ‘Team Reid – Babst Calland’ and we have made a muscle and made a difference for Reid by raising over $90,000 in the past 8 years.  Your donations have helped to fund research that has recently led to amazing breakthroughs and life saving genetic treatments.  With your continued support we can continue to get closer to helping find a cure for SMA! We would love to have you join our Team to help us reach our fundraising goal in supporting additional research.  Please also join us at the annual MDA Walk in May to celebrate a successful year and to see firsthand the lives that you help to change.

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