Florence teens grant wish of 5-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

February 7, 2012

Florence teens grant wish of 5-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

SCNow.com | February 3, 2012 | By Patricia Burkett

FLORENCE- A legacy of giving came full circle in Florence Wednesday, as high school students came together to honor the legacy of a former assistant principal while making one child’s dreams come true.

Members of West Florence High School’s student government began a fundraising campaign on Dec. 1, to collect money to grant the wish of five-year-old Grace Dixon.

Representatives from the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked officials at the school if they would like to help grant the wish of Dixon, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

The condition causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

Grace’s mother, Robin, said she was very surprised when she found out that her child’s wish would be granted through the generosity of other young people.

“It was very heartwarming and amazing,” Robin Dixon said.

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Bridge Run: For some, finishing the race is symbolic of overcoming other obstacles in life

April 1, 2011

Bridge Run: For some, finishing the race is symbolic of overcoming other obstacles in life

The Post and Courier | April 1, 2011 | By David Quick

They come from near and far. This pilgrimage is not for food, or fashion, or history, or art.

During this annual rite of spring since 1978, some tackle this obstacle of steep concrete to prove they have overcome their own obstacles.

Obesity. Cancer. An organ transplant. The loss of a loved one. The loss of a job. The loss of a limb.

They converge on a mission: to finish.

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Girl with muscle disease reaches a milestone

January 23, 2011

Girl with muscle disease reaches a milestone

CarolinaLive.com | January 23, 2011 | By Tonya Brown

A Lamar couple is celebrating their daughter’s second birthday.

Their little girl is suffering from an incurable muscular disease.

About 50 family and friends came out for the birthday party of Holly Tolson.

Holly’s parents say she turned two on Wednesday and her birthday is a major milestone.

In 2009, doctors diagnosed Holly with spinal muscular atrophy or SMA.

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