12th Annual Angie's Hope Fundraiser
Back in 2006, SMA type II patient Angie Lee met Kyra Scadden. Kyra wondered why Angie was in a wheelchair. Once Kyra learned SMA was the reason, she wanted to help. With generous assistance from their surrounding community, the first fundraiser turned into a massive garage sale, raising over $9,400 towards a cure in ten days.
Thus, Angie's Hope was created. Since then, they have hosted multiple garage sales, family dinner parties, and even soccer tournaments to raise funds for a cure.
This year, as the core members of the Angie's Hope team are all over the country at different colleges, they are hosting an online fundraiser. It will be a celebration of what they have accomplished in raising awareness and funds and an opportunity to promise to Cure SMA even though they've been spread out to all different places in the world. Since this fundraiser is aimed at college students, we thought of an incentive to donate that college students all want/need: money!
Each $5 donation will equal one "virtual raffle ticket," a chance at winning $500 yourself, which was set aside by a generous donor for this purpose. We will email you raffle ticket number(s) once your donation has been made, and reveal the winner in June. We'll release a video of us picking a random winner, to prove we did it fair and square--keep an eye out!
Angie’s Hope has made great strides in increasing SMA awareness and funding, as evidenced by the success of past fundraisers. The organization is committed to encouraging others to view disability differently not as a limitation but as a chance to open people’s mind toward one another. By uniting in this mutual consciousness, together we really can find a cure.
Cure SMA is dedicated to the treatment and cure of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)—a disease that takes away a person’s ability to walk, eat, or breathe. 8 million Americans carry the gene that causes SMA , and it is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.
Since 1984, we’ve directed and invested in comprehensive research that has shaped the scientific community’s understanding of SMA. We are currently on the verge of breakthroughs in treatment that will strengthen our children’s bodies, extend life, and lead to a cure.
We have deep expertise in every aspect of SMA—from the day-to-day realities to the nuances of care options—and until we have a cure, we’ll do everything we can to support children and families affected by the disease.
Learn more about how you can help us reach a treatment and cure at www.cureSMA.org.