Ranger family seeks treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Ranger family seeks treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

The Bayonet | March 30, 2011 | By Cheryl Rodewig

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Ever heard of Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

Neither had Staff Sgt. Kanaan and Kari Merriken a little more than a year ago.

Their son, Caleb, was born June 3, 2008 – “the best day of my life,” Kari said.

“The first few months of his life were relatively normal,” she said. “He rolled over at 12 weeks. He was able to sit up at 5 months. He crawled at 8-and-a-half months.”

But when he wasn’t walking at the 16-month mark, his doctor was concerned.

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