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We are the Judsons and we live in Kansas.  Jim is a Pastor, Kira is Mom and Seamstress, we have four sons. Nathan, David, Samuel, Zane and a daughter, Claire!

Learn About SMA

What is SMA?

 SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) is a disease that robs people of physical  strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking  away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic  cause of death for infants.  

Who has SMA?

SMA affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies, and about 1 in every 50  Americans is a genetic carrier. SMA can affect any race or gender. 

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What Causes SMA?

SMA is caused by a mutation in the survival motor neuron gene 1 (SMN1).  In a healthy person, this gene produces a protein that is critical to  the function of the nerves that control our muscles. Without it, those  nerve cells cannot properly function and eventually die, leading to  debilitating and often fatal muscle weakness. 

What can I do?

Test Yourself

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If you or your child have been diagnosed with SMA of any type, there is HOPE.  We would be happy to help you in any way we can.  Please send us an email.


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