Spinal Muscular Atrophy, also known as SMA, is a rare disease that affects 1 out of 6,000 births. It affects the muscles throughout the body, mostly in the legs, and affects feeding, swallowing, and respiratory functions. 1 out of 40 people are genetic carriers. For a child to be affected by SMA, both parents must be carriers of the gene. SMA can be grouped into 4 different types based on level of motor function or ability. Avery’s Race to Cure SMA in Lancaster helps raise money for SMA research and helps give back to those that have children with SMA that are denied insurance. The race got started for Avery, a local child with SMA,who was diagnosed with Type I SMA at 5 months old and was not expected to survive age 2. She is now 8 years old and quite enjoys Disney and ducks. For more information about SMA, or would like to participate in Avery’s Race, please go to http://www.averysrace.org.