Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

UK Collaboration Gets £1.25M Grant to Develop ‘Smart Suit’

Development of an exoskeleton suit to help those living with progressive neuromuscular conditions that affect their upper-body movement will advance due to a £1.25 million (about $1.5 million) grant from the People’s Postcard Lottery in the United Kingdom. The “SMART Suit,” which targets people with disabilities such as…

British Columbia Will Pick Up Cost of Evrysdi for SMA Patients There

The provincial government of British Columbia will cover the cost of Evrysdi (risdiplam), the oral spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) therapy approved by Health Canada in April for the at-home treatment of eligible patients age 2 months and older. Evrysdi’s annual costs are reported to be CA$93,456 (about $73,310) for…

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…