Michigan State Police sergeant raising money for spinal muscular atrophy in honor of daughter

Michigan State Police sergeant raising money for spinal muscular atrophy in honor of daughter

Jackson Citizen Patriot | February 17, 2011 | By

Michael Church and his wife, Jacqueline, knew their baby, Maria, had a developmental delay.

They just did not know how severe it was.

At 6 months, Maria was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a group of inherited diseases that cause progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, eventually leading to death, according to the National Institutes of Health.

A neurologist told the Jackson couple there was a slim chance Maria would live to be 2 years old.

“At that point, you’re just in total shock,” said Church, 41. “We just sat there and cried.”

Now, Maria is 3 years old, and Church is working to support other families who have children with the degenerative disease.

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