Author Archives: Mary Chapman

$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…

Cure SMA Offers Free Virtual Therapy Sessions

To help with stress or anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic or other issues, adult patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in the U.S. are being offered up to three half-hour live video sessions with a licensed therapist. The Adults with SMA Virtual Therapy Program is free…

Rare Disease Day at NIH, Set for March 1, Growing Year by Year

Rare Disease Day at NIH, organized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and taking place on March 1, will feature panel discussions, patient stories, research updates, TED-style talks, and a presentation by a Nobel laureate recently recognized for her work on a gene editing tool. The free, virtual…