Gwendolyn Strong Foundation Granting Fifty iPads to those with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (theGSF), a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing global awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the #1 genetic killer of young children, and supporting families impacted by SMA and other life-altering conditions, launched its newest initiative called “Project Mariposa”. Project Mariposa has a simple mission: to make the world more accessible to those with severe disabilities through targeted technology product grants.

The program will initially focus on granting iPads to those impacted by SMA. SMA is a degenerative disease that causes weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles. Cognitive ability is never hindered and those with SMA are bright in spite of their failing bodies. The iPad, coupled with the growing application library that accompanies them, are literally life-changing in assisting with communication, education, and independence. theGSF has secured funding for the initial fifty (50) iPads and will be announcing one (1) grant recipient per week for fifty (50) weeks beginning February 3, 2012.

“The iPad is opening up new avenues that were previously impossible,” said Victoria Strong, theGSF co-founder. “It's large screen size, light weight, portability, and featherlight touch screen make access to education, entertainment, and independence possible and in some cases it is literally allowing children to communicate for the first time in their lives. Its impact is truly incredible.”

theGSF plans to expand Project Mariposa beyond this initial fifty (50) iPad commitment. To accomplish this goal, they are seeking official Project Mariposa Sponsors from private foundations, corporations, and large donors.

“Mariposa is butterfly in Spanish, theGSF's signature symbol,” said Mrs. Strong. “And like a butterfly emerging from it's cocoon, Project Mariposa will help those with disabilities to spread their wings.”
For more information on Project Mariposa, sponsorship opportunities, or to submit a grant application, please visit ProjectMariposa.com

About The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (theGSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing global awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the #1 genetic killer of young children, accelerating research focused on ending this cruel disease, and supporting families impacted by SMA and other life-altering conditions. theGSF is an all volunteer organization, meaning 100% of your donation goes toward fulfilling our mission. To learn more about SMA and theGSF, please visit theGSF.org


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