Andrew’s Buddies/FightSMA is a national organization committed to accelerating a cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number-one inherited killer of children under two. Andrew’s Buddies/FightSMA educates the public and raises funds for research. SMA refers to a group of diseases which affect the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brain stem. These critically important cells are responsible for supplying electrical and chemical messages to muscle cells. Without the proper input from the motor neurons, muscle cells can not function properly. The muscle cells will, therefore, become much smaller (atrophy) and will produce symptoms of muscle weakness. There are dozens of diseases which affect the motor neuron.
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