Family fights muscular disease in child’s memory

Family fights muscular disease in child’s memory

The OC Register | July 24, 2011 | By Fred Swegles

Since losing her 11-month-old daughter Hannah-Rose to spinal muscular atrophy in 2009, Jessica Prendiz of San Clemente is doing all she can to save other children from the same fate.

She and her family started Hope for SMA to raise awareness and funds to help find effective treatments and a cure. About 25,000 Americans have SMA, an inherited disease that causes muscles to lose function. The group says it is comparable to Lou Gehrig’s disease and cystic fibrosis.

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