This week we were asked if we would help support a local charity raising money for an Ipswich Boy who is suffering from SMA Type II. If, like us, you haven’t heard of this, SMA stands for spinal muscular atrophy.
There are several different types of SMA – the disease is classified according to the age at which symptoms develop and how severe they are. George Woodward, suffers from Type II.
Type II SMA usually develops when an infant is 6–18 months old. The symptoms are less severe than Type I, but usually get worse over time.
Infants with Type II SMA are usually able to sit, but not stand or walk unaided. They may also have the following symptoms: breathing problems, floppy arms and legs, twitching of the muscles in the arms, legs or tongue. In some cases, deformities of the hands, feet, chest, and joints develop as the muscles shrink.
As they grow, many children with Type II SMA develop scoliosis. This is an abnormal curvature of the spine which occurs when the muscles supporting the bones of the spine become weaker.
Like Type I SMA, there is a high risk of fatal respiratory problems, although most people with Type II SMA live into their teenage years or early adulthood.
Today, if you go to watch Ipswich Town Football Club play at Portman Road, you will see a team of people asking for your donations as you arrive and leave the match and we have helped them stand out by giving them lots and lots of blue and white balloons.
Why have we done this? Firstly, as a local independent company we work all the time with local families to help them celebrate and we wanted to give something back but assisting a local good cause. Secondly, we are big supporters of ITFC and if we can help put a little bit more blue and white around the group, we will!
Please, please, please – if you see the volunteers collecting today, throw in some money and, if you can’t be there and want to donate, take a look at their website by clicking here.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have a good cause that needs our help, take a look and what we can do to support you by clicking here.