Help Wilder Knock Out Spina Bifida:
Deontay Wilder has launched a campaign called #KOSpinaBifida to raise $10,000 for the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) by his upcoming fight on September 26th. Wilder’s daughter has Spina Bifida, so the cause is a personal one for him and his family.
You can make a donation here, and all donors who contribute $5 or more will receive a signed photo from Wilder. The top three campaign donors will receive an autographed boxing glove.
Spina Bifida is a birth defect that results when a baby’s spinal column fails to close properly during fetal development, leaving a gap or lesion behind. While the gap can be closed or the lesion removed, Spina Bifida is a lifelong condition that can cause full or partial paralysis, mobility challenges, neurological complications, bladder and bowel control issues, and learning problems.
The condition can occur anywhere on the spine, and affects each individual differently. It is estimated that there are 177,000 people living in the U.S. with Spina Bifida today and that 8 babies are born each day with the condition or a similar neural tube defect. Because of its complexity, not much is known about its cause. While folic acid has been shown to help reduce the incidence of Spina Bifida by up to 70% if taken before and during pregnancy, it doesn’t always work.
The Spina Bifida Association helps those living with the birth defect to lead productive and fulfilling lives through education, advocacy, research, and support efforts. You can learn more about SBA at www.spinabifidaassociation.org