Being diagnosed with a devastating disease like spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can seem unbearable. For some, the diagnosis strengthens their determination to work even harder toward accomplishing goals.
When she was only five months old, Alyssa Silva was diagnosed with the genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy. At that time, her life expectancy was so short that doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live past 2 years old. When this video was shared on social media in 2013, Alyssa was a 22-year-old college graduate dedicated to raising awareness about SMA and inspiring others to overcome life’s obstacles.
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