We the undersigned, as [people/family members of a person/friends of a person] with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), are writing to urge you to research and support S. 1158 and HR. 2149, the SMA Treatment Acceleration Act.
SMA is the number one genetic killer of young children, occurring in about 1 of every 6,000 births. It is estimated that 1 in every 35 people, or nearly 10 million Americans, unknowingly carries the gene that causes SMA. There is no known treatment for this degenerative, nerve destructive disease, but great research advances have been made, thanks to the efforts of passionate families and voluntary health organizations that serve the SMA community. In fact, among more than 600 neurological disorders, SMA has been singled out by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as the disease closest to treatment based on scientists advanced genetic understanding of the disease.
In order to support the scientific and clinical community working to find a cure for SMA, the SMA community has united to introduce the SMA Treatment Acceleration Act. Passage of this landmark legislation will enable scientists to mount national clinical trials that will lead to treatments and/or cures for people inflicted with this horrible disease. Further, as researchers make progress unlocking a cure for SMA, their work is also making strides toward understanding and possibly curing a number of other conditions including ALS/Lou Gehrig's, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and many more.
Again, please consider researching and supporting the SMA Treatment Acceleration Act, S. 1158/HR. 2149 and thank you for taking the time to read this letter.