Beating the odds against Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Beating the odds against Spinal Muscular Atrophy

The Chronicle | February 15, 2012 | By François Lemieux

There are things in life we take for granted, like walking, eating, or using our muscles for the basics of day-to-day activities we need to get through work or school. Eleven-year-old Sammy Cavallaro doesn’t have this luxury. He has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a motor-neuron disease that confines him to a wheelchair and impairs his muscular movements.

On Feb. 18, Sammy’s family is organizing a major fundraiser to generate awareness of the little-known disease and to raise funds for research. The event, called ‘Sammy’s Valentine Gala’, will take place at 6600 Montée de Liesse in Ville St. Laurent.

“It’s like an Italian dinner; we eat, we drink, we dance, there is a silent auction, there are raffle prizes, just a lot of fun and you give to a great cause,” said Sammy’s mother Rosa Cavallaro, last week. “Every year we do a fundraiser, around Valentine’s Day. This is our ninth one.”

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