The Merrick Avenue Student Council dedicated the first fundraiser of the year to raising awareness and funds for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease that affects the muscular system, making it difficult to move.
To help raise funds, members of the student council sold bracelets during their lunch periods. By wearing the purchased bracelets, students are reminded every time they look at their wrist of the debilitating condition. The idea was inspired by eighth-grader Julia Lincoln, whose own battle with SMA makes the illness top of mind for students at MAMS.
The council raised more than $150, which will be donated to help research and find a cure for SMA.