Matthew just months after he was born was diagnosed with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, a congenital disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. According Cure SMA, the national organization funding research and treatment of the disease, SMA is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.
Matthew’s doctors originally told his parents that he probably wouldn’t live past his second birthday, but Matthew has turned 6, loves to hang out with his brother and friends, recently started first grade.
In a letter introducing Matthew to his class, his mother, Courtney Davidopoulos, explained that Matthew’s disease “does not hinder his cognitive ability, his speech or his playful spirit. Matthew’s disabilities obviously create many challenges and make him vulnerable to illness. But he wants nothing more than to just be one of the kids!”
We are looking to raise money for a new ramp as well as some much needed updates for the house to accommodate Matthew and his conditions. Any additional funds will go to assist in research to help find a cure for this horrible disease.
Thank You for your support,
GO Jr. Ghosts!!