Graces wish for a wheelchair van
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"People say and think at times "everything happens for a reason" well we feel that maybe that saying can't be true. :(



I adopted my sweet Bethany Grace when she was a few weeks old from a drug addict.



Bethany "Grace" Dixon Age 6 was diagnosed ...
"People say and think at times "everything happens for a reason" well we feel that maybe that saying can't be true. :(



I adopted my sweet Bethany Grace when she was a few weeks old from a drug addict.



Bethany "Grace" Dixon Age 6 was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II when she was 16 months old. It has been a journey our family had NEVER expected to take. That dreaded day in August 2007 changed our lives forever.


Grace is a Sweet, fun loving, very talkative & outgoing girl who loves Nick Jr, her brother's & the color red. She finds a friend in EVERYONE she meets!

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an Autosomal Recessive disease caused by a genetic defect in the SMN1 gene that codes SMA, a protein widely expressed in all Eukaryotic cells. SMN1 is apparently selectively necessary for survival of motor neurons, as diminished abundance of the protein results in death of neuronal cells in the anterior horn of spinal cord and subsequent system-wide muscle wasting (atrophy).

Spinal muscular atrophy manifests in various degrees of severity which all have in common general muscle wasting and mobility impairment. Other body systems may be affected as well, particularly in early-onset forms. SMA is the most common genetic cause of infant death.

The term spinal muscular atrophy is used as both a specific term for the genetic disorder caused by deficient SMN, and a general label for a larger number of rare disorders having in common a genetic cause and slow progression of weakness without sensory impairment caused by disease of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain stem.

Type II The intermediate form affects children who are never able to stand and walk but who are able to maintain a sitting position at least some time in their life. The onset of weakness is usually noticed some time between 6 and 18 months. The progress is known to vary greatly, some patients gradually grow weaker over time while others through careful maintenance avoid any progression. Body muscles are weakened, and the respiratory system is a major concern. Life expectancy is somewhat reduced but most SMA II patients live well into adulthood.

Grace is completely wheelchair bound and fully dependent. Her wish is to be able to go places other than Dr, Hospital visits, surgeries, PT, OT and school. At this time, I have no way to transport her safely and comfortably with her wheelchair so she has to go in her car seat and then has to be carried. She is becoming to heavy to carry around and would love to be able to be independent with her power wheelchair!

Please HELP spread the word, make a donation and help make Graces wish come true!! Thank You & GOD BLESS!
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