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Faces of SMA Shrimp Feast & Auction

Saturday

Aug 18, 2018 – 4:00 PM

2747 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401 Map

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Each year in August we have a fun celebration in honor of SMA month. This year in addition to our regular festivities and food we're enjoying a more casual dress to impress vibe and an all-you-can-eat shrimp feast. Join other revelers and supporters for an evening of dinner, music, dancing, an open beer and wine bar, wine pull, beer pull silent auction and raffle items and ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SHRIMP! It will be a special night of dancing, making memories, having fun and raising hope. Attendees will learn more about SMA while members of the SMA community will enjoy a night of support and comraderie. Offer your support by purchasing tickets, serving as a sponsor or volunteer or donating auction items. Then enjoy a night supporting those affected by SMA. With your help, we can make a real difference and have an amazing (and delicious) night of fun at the same time. Who is Kaiden? The smile that lights up any room belongs to Kaiden. He is a bright, happy one year old who loves to shake his head to any music he hears. Diagnosed at six months with SMA Type 1, he is affected by his illness but not defined by it. He is the inspiration behind our mission of spreading awareness and helping others in their fight with SMA.  What is SMA? SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the leading genetic cause of death in infants, affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies, and about 1 in 50 Americans is a genetic carrier. It's a energizing time in the SMA community. On December 23, 2016, the FDA announced the approval of the first-ever therapy for SMA. Spinraza™ (nusinersen) is not only a treatment, it also addresses the underlying genetic cause of SMA. However, our work is not done. We must continue to develop and deliver effective therapies that will change the course of SMA for everyone affected — from infants to adults — and eventually lead to a cure and we are excited to be supporting essential research. With your help, we can make a real difference and have an amazing night of fun at the same time. Sponsorships and Donations If you are interested in sponsoring our event or donating an auction item, forms and information are available here, or contact us at info@fightingforkaiden.org or 240-426-7173.  Hotel Rooms We have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis. If you would like to take advantage of this rate please purchase your room using this link BEFORE July 31. FAQs  Tickets Offer your support by purchasing tickets, serving as a sponsor or volunteer or donating auction items. Then enjoy a night supporting those affected by SMA. With your help, we can make a real difference and have an amazing (and delicious) night of fun at the same time. Purchase your tickets here. Is there a special price for SMA Affected individuals and their families? Yes - Thanks to our tremendous sponsors, SMA affected individuals and up to two family members are free of charge and will receive one hotel room at the host hotel. Please click on the "Get Tickets" button, select the "SMA Affected Individual and up to 2 family members" ticket option and continue through the ticketing process. For more information and to arrange for a hotel room, please contact Presley at info@fightingforkaiden.org or 240-426-7173 I'm excited to bid at the auction but how can I pay? We will be accepting all major credit cards in addition to checks with ID and cash. How do I donate an auction item or sponsor the event? Forms and information are available here, Or for more information please contact the Fighting for Kaiden Foundation at info@fightingforkaiden.org or 240-426-7173.  Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? ID is not required to enter the event but will be required if you would like access to the open beer and wine bar.   Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch with the Fighting for Kaiden Foundation at info@fightingforkaiden.org or 240-426-7173.  Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You do not need to bring a printed ticket, though it may speed the entrance process.  Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes, please contact the Fighting for Kaiden Foundation as early as possible so that we can know who to expect.   What is the refund policy?  Please contact us if you need to discuss a refund. Our goal is for everyone to have a wonderful evening with us while raising funds, and if you are unable to attend we will do our best to accomodate you.   The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? Yes, please try to tell us ahead of time, but you will still be able to attend.  What should I wear? Fun dress to impress. Be ready to dance. Photo Policy: By registering/purchasing tickets for the Faces of SMA Gala and Silent Auction, you hereby understand that you may be photographed, videotaped, or digitally recorded, as may be your voice, and hereby waive any objection, condition, limit, or right you may have to the photographs or recordings. It's a energizing time in the SMA community. On December 23, 2016, the FDA announced the approval of the first-ever therapy for SMA. Spinraza™ (nusinersen) is not only a treatment, it also addresses the underlying genetic cause of SMA. The approval from the FDA for all SMA — pediatric and adult — is the broadest possible label, with no restrictions. However, while the scientific world now knows what causes SMA and what needs to be done to develop effective therapies, they have yet to develop a treatment that works for everybody. There are also issues with pricing and access to the Spinraza™ treatments. So our work is not done. We must continue to develop and deliver effective therapies that will change the course of SMA for everyone affected — from infants to adults — and eventually lead to a cure.

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