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FightSMA Launches Gene Therapy Fundraising Campaign: “Realizing the Dream”
Date:7/8/2010

Fight SMA partners with the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation on a fundraising campaign for spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy.

(PRWEB) July 8, 2010 -- Richmond-based FightSMA announced today a new fundraising campaign for SMA gene therapy, “Realizing the Dream.” FightSMA is collaborating with the Santa Barbara –based Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, to form a bi-coastal partnership with a common goal: to bring SMA gene therapy to clinical trial.    “Ten years ago, it would have been unheard of to say scientists were approaching a treatment or cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA),” said FightSMA President Martha Slay. “Today, the dream is being realized in some of the most prestigious labs across the country. Never before has there been such promise for SMA gene therapy.” Beginning now and for the next three years, families and groups in the SMA community will raise funds to build a safe foundation, deliver genes to an SMA model, and produce adequate vector (gene delivery) supply. These efforts will support Dr. Brian Kaspar of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University and other collaborating scientists. FightSMA, working with the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, a funding source for critical SMA science and awareness initiatives, invites the SMA community to make a decade-old dream come true. “Our SMA gene therapy program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University conti
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