The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation

by PJ Mullen on June 17, 2010

in June 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

It’s a double shot Thursday here at the Sweatshirt Blanket blog as we are trying to make up for our down time last week. Without further adieu with present to you our third June 2010 Spread Your Warmth nominee, the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation.

The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc. (SPF) is a national, not-for-profit, voluntary organization incorporated in February 2002. It is the only organization in the Americas dedicated to Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP). These closely related upper motor neuron disorders affect some 24,000 children and adults across the United States and Canada.

These spinal cord disorders cause progressive weakness and spasticity in the muscles in the lower body. People generally go from difficulty walking to needing a cane to sometimes a wheelchair.

In PLS, the disease also affects muscles in the upper body, causing problems with the arms, voice and swallowing. Many people with HSP or PLS also have pain, balance disturbance, or bladder or bowel problems. Very rare forms of Spastic Paraplegia can cause retardation, dementia, epilepsy, vision problems, skin problems or other neurological problems.

The impetus for forming the Foundation was inspired by the accelerating pace of research. Dramatic breakthroughs have been made in the past decade, catapulting these conditions from being poorly understood to being on the threshold of significant treatment and cures.

The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation is a volunteer-managed and operated non-profit organization devoted to finding the causes and cures for these disorders and to providing information and support programs. In just seven years, over 2 million dollars has been awarded in medical research grants.

Thank you to Paxton Moynihan for nominating the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation for the June edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation visit their website.

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