About Us

Brooke and Brielle have both been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II.  There is no cure for this disease but the National Institute of Health believes a cure can be found within the next 5 years with proper funding. 

Our family has created this page to inform you about the disease, spread awareness and give updates about our life with SMA. 

Make A Donation

All donations will go towards Brooke and Brielle’s medical needs fund.

Shop! Inspirational Prints & Awareness Bracelets

All proceeds are donated to Brooke and Brielle’s medical fund!

Thank you Angi!


 

Get your Brooke and Brielle Awareness bracelets HERE!

Thank you Alex!

Wednesday
Jun042014

Pre-School Graduation!

Congratulations to Brooke and her friends who are all graduating pre-school today!!

Wednesday
Jun042014

Super Call!

We are so proud of Brielle!
She received a SUPER CALL from the Principal for showing the life skills of responsibility and caring by always setting a wonderful example for others.
Her teacher wrote: Brielle is a kind and thoughtful friend to her classmates and teachers. Her warm smile and sweet ways certainly bless all who know her. I am so proud of you, keep up the wonderful job!"

Monday
May122014

NORD Hosts "Portraits of Courage Celebration"

It all started three years ago when we met with our Congressman to tell him about two special constituents in his district who have Spinal Muscular Atrophy and also to gain his support for the National Pediatric Research Network Act (NPRNA) - legislation created and championed by Fight SMA. Since then the NPRNA has passed Congress and has been signed into law by the President.
Chairman Fred Upton continues to push for accelerated cures in America by recently unveiling the 21st Century Cures initiative. The Energy and Commerce Committee released a video highlighting the merits of the program and cited the passage of the NPRNA as a model for Congress to use as it considers ways to support medical research in the future. The video can be found at http://bit.ly/about21stCC.

http://news.yahoo.com/nord-hosts-portraits-courage-celebration-160600330.html

Tuesday
May062014

National Organization for Rare Disorders to Honor Two Members of Congress, Patient Advocates and Orphan Product Innovators

NORD to Present Awards at “Portraits of Courage” Celebration on May 8th in Washington, DC

This Thursday,May 8, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD) will be honoring OUR FAMILY and other rare disease patient advocates, Representative Fred Upton and Representative Sherrod Brown and companies that have brought novel new therapies to patients at the “Portraits of Courage Celebration” at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.


Our family will be one of the families featured in their “Portraits of Courage” gallery detailing our journey with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


“Approximately 500 people attend each year, representing a cross-section of the rare disease community – medical clinicians and researchers, patients and patient advocates, and individuals from government, academia and the pharmaceutical industry.”


I will have the opportunity to speak at the event about our life with SMA and Brielle and Brooke will have the huge honor of presenting the NORD award to Representative Upton on behalf of everyone in the rare disease community.


I can’t even describe how PROUD I am to do this and to feel like I am making a difference in the SMA disease.  


http://blog.rarediseases.org/portraits-of-courage-gallery/

Monday
Mar312014

Team Brooke and Brielle T-Shirts Now Available! 

Many of you have asked about T-shirts in the past and now we have a “Team Brooke and Brielle” shirt made up!  We will be wearing them for the first time May 3rd for the Families of SMA Michigan Chapter Run, Walk and Roll event.  

We are asking $20 for each shirt.  Please be sure to include the size(s) you would like to order in the “add special instructions to seller” section.  Men’s sizing only.  Sizes Small - 2XL. 

Shirts are Vapor brand, made with high-quality, 100% spun polyester to deliver the look and feel of cotton with the benefits of polyester, with superior sweat wicking.

Order here: 

Thank you for your support!!

 

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