October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month #CareAboutSBCare

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month - a time to recognize the hundreds of thousands of people living with Spina Bifida. This year’s theme, Care about Spina Bifida Care (#careaboutsbcare), challenges people to get involved in improving the health and lives of families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers who live with this rare condition. Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. Spina Bifida literally means “split spine” and happens when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column does not close all the way. Every day, about 8 babies born in the United States have Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine.

Spina Bifida can result in varying types and impacts. Cystica the most severe can result in brain damage and/or paralysis. Meningocele, where part of the spinal cord comes through the spine, individuals may have minor disabilities. Occulta, “hidden Spina Bifida”, usually does not cause harm and has no visible signs. About 15 % of healthy people have it and do not know it. (Source: Spina Bifida Association)

There are many adaptive athletes with Spina Bifida including US Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, a multi-gold medalist and world record holder in Track & Field and Road Racing. Help fuel the more potential athletes with Spina Bifida and give them a chance to play sports!

Donate to Angel City Sports and help us provide more clinics and competitions for adaptive athletes. We need your support to grow our programming and serve more athletes across SoCal. Visit http://bit.ly/AngelCitySports2017 to donate to our Fall Fundraising Drive - EVERY DONATION THRU 10/31 WILL BE MATCHED, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!

For more information on Spina Bifida visit:
Spina Bifida Awareness
Redefining Spina Bifida
Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Information • Networking • Equality - SHINE
Spina Bifida Awareness
Spina bifida

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