With a cure in sight, Alyssa plans annual ‘Working on Walking’ fund-raisers
The Valley Breeze | July 18, 2012 | By Meghan Kavanaugh
CUMBERLAND – It has been just over a decade since 10-year-old Alyssa Silva began designing greeting cards to raise research money for spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that causes her spinal nerve cells to degenerate, leaving her wheelchair bound.
Eleven years later, the 21-year-old Bryant University senior and dean’s list regular has raised approximately $70,000.
And she said scientists may be within five years of finding a cure.
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