Working Together Has Made A Difference

Today is a monumental day for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. At the present time, together as a community, we have accomplished what many believed to be the impossible. To others, including my own family, I have pledged to raise astronomical amounts of money to fight this disease. Sometimes, even the closest members of my inner circle have become nervous with my promises………………But I have never doubted. I may not have known how we would accomplish the task at hand, but I was raised on the principles that hard work and a pure heart will always lead to positive outcomes.

When we decided to create The 200 commitments, it was just an idea. An idea that grew out of necessity. We created this campaign to ensure that the program with the best pre-clinical data in the history of this disease would make it to the clinic. We may not have known how we would raise the money, but we knew it was necessary for our disease. The real credit however, belongs to YOU, our community who took this idea and made it a reality. Without YOU, the 200 for SMA, would have simply become a failure. YOU have made this all posible with a unified vision of where we need to go. YOUR golf outings and YOUR bake sales are what has made this campaign. Whoever believed that YOUR events would not be able to fund a clinical trial was Dead Wrong. You see, YOUR efforts have inspired me, but even more importantly, they have inspired others.

We were recently contacted by someone who took notice of The 200 Commitments, inspired by the families working so hard to make a difference in this disease. It was your blogs and stories that have made a lasting impact. This person wanted to help change this disease. This donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated…………. $400,000 to The Sophia’s Cure Foundation in recognition of your efforts. This money, in its entirety, will be donated to the Kaspar Labs for Gene Therapy. This $400,000 will be added to the $100,000 The Sophia’s Cure Foundation has in hand and has already pledged to commit, for a NEW $500,000 grant. This grant will be used to pay for Critical studies required by the Food and Drug Administration prior to a program moving into human clinical trials.

Working together, we as a community have raised half of the $1,000,000 needed to take this program out of the labs. This was done in just a few months. This new grant keeps this program on schedule and on target.  We are eternally grateful to this amazing donor.  The impact this person’s actions will have on our disease is immeasurable. This grant will help change our disease forever. To our donor, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your kindness and compassion on behalf of all of our kids.  We are now half-way to our goal and even closer to a new reality.

To those of you who have been contemplating making the commitment to The 200 Commitments, there is no better time.  The momentum is on our side.  Please consider joining in our effort.  Be part of the miracle that we are all making, together.

May you all have a Happy Father’s Day!



  2. O my Lord, I am having my morning coffee and just read this and am crying tears of joy for you all! I so often feel just useless because I don’t have a kajillion dollars to donate and wonder “What good will my $10 or $20 or $50 really do?” kwim????? Well apparently the thousands of “little” donations got the attention of someone who is willing and able to get the process moving, so they were important after all!!! God Bless you, Gaynor Family, and I look forward to the updates to come!!!!

  3. Just got chills reading this!!

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Teri Taylor says:

    I don’t know who this generous angel is……..but I am overwhelmed in your generosity to our babies. I am nana to a beautiful baby boy, Charleston ( I had never heard of SMA before we received his diagnosis. Since then, our family has felt overwhelmed with achieving the goal of getting gene therapy to the FDA. WE WANT TO KEEP CHARLESTON.

    YOU have just made this dream come into reach. Working with Sophia’s Cure, and getting to know the Gaynor’s has been such an uplifting and wonderful experience of this journey. They have told us to keep going, keep going, keep going. This morning, between you, the wonderful fabulous GENEROUS awesome person that has donated this money………and my New York family, the Gaynors…………all of you have given this nana such HOPE. And that is what we TRULY have now —- hope to keep our babies.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  5. Heather says:

    We will find a cure for our kids !!! Way to go!!!

  6. Nate's Mom says:

    This is truly incredible. We are so close to a cure for this monstrous disease. Thank you to the anonymous donor! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You have made a HUGE difference in the fight to cure SMA!

  7. Sarah Turnbull says:

    Oh my gosh, this is just awesome!!!!! What a great surprise and yes, I have goosebumps too! Thank you, thank you, thank you to the special angel donor!!!! Hugs and love from Iowa!!!


  9. Thank you Sophia for reaching out and touching this very generous donors heart the way you have touched ours.
    Thank you SCF and all those in the 200 commitment for believing in this research!
    Congratulations! Believe in Miracles!

  10. Small steps DO make all the difference! Hooray for the generous angel on their donation and to all of the people who give their time, money and prayers to your wonderful cause. Wishing you another $400,000+ to make it to your goal! Continued love, prayers and strength to the Gaynors and all of the precious children fighting SMA! :o)

  11. Mary Bodzo says:

    This is awesome news!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you’ve done to encourage, inspire, and inform families and the world about SMA! Your love and dedication is amazing. God bless you, Gaynor family.

    Those that say it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it. Chinese proverb :)

  12. This is an amazing day! Thank you to the donor for making this dream a reality. Together we can make a difference!

  13. Michelle Leonick says:

    This is so incredibly wonderful!!! I am absolutely speechless. Dreams do come true!! Thanks Vincent & Catherine & Sophia & Jackson for your overwhelming dedication. Thanks to the donor who recognizes all that you do and all that you can do with this generous gift!! God is great and life is good!!!

  14. Excellent News – WE can END SMA and find a CURE!


  16. Maureen Cohen says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! To this anonymous donor and to Sophia’s Cure for the tireless and endless work. Now is time to vote and get an extra $250k so we can pledge and make commitments for the remaining $250k, we can totally do this. I’m so so happy for the SMA community! and loving the news so much!

  17. Christine Hicks says:

    That is amazing. I guess there are really wonderful, generous people
    still in the world. May God bless them

  18. Suzanne Aleman says:

    This is amazing! It’s so touching to know that these efforts are not going unnoticed!!

  19. Karen Shiesley says:

    Unbelievable!! I always prayed someone would come along and donate a large sum to research. With your help this has become possible. There WILL be a cure for this horrible disease.

  20. Stephanie Estes says:

    Wow! Sobbing while trying to read this to my husband. Happy Fathers Day to you! You are a real inspiration!

  21. nice job Vincent and this great SMA Commuinty — WHEN YOU BELIEVE – MIRACLES HAPPEN.

  22. Brenda Barbernea says:

    OMG VINCENT!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!! GO SCF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is such inspiring news!! Not only do our children need this but society as well. When we get this cure we will change the world as we know it and make the number of birthdays parties held a year triple x’s 1000000000000000!!!!!!!!! Way to go families and way to go SCF for pushing everyone to do even the smallest acts of charity! As we can see, they go a loooooooooooooooooooong way!!!

  23. Ashley goeppert says:

    I am SO over the moon with happiness, joy, and FAITH in humanity! I am so excited for what is to come for our children and SMA! I continue to have faith in our children and this program and will continue to fight daily for this cause!

  24. With tears running down my face, I give a great thank you to the donor. With this gift we are closer to getting a cure for my grandson and all the children with SMA God Bless you.
    From Illinois

  25. With tears running down my face, I give a great thank you to the person who donated. With this gift we are closer to getting a cure for my grandson and all the children with SMA God Bless you.
    From Illinois

  26. Michelle O'Dwyer says:

    Oh wow! That’s incredible!

  27. What wonderful news and what a reward for all the hard work, many thanks to this donor.
    (From Spain).

  28. Jennifer Garner says:

    Congrats…that’s very exciting news!!!

  29. Thank you from the bottom my heart to the amazingly generous donor and to the Gaynor family for their tireless dedication to finding a cure for this heartbreaking disease. It gives me renewed hope that we might actually be able to give SMA kids a fighting chance in the near future. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  30. Dr. Kaspar boldly leads the Gene Therapy front. SCF boldly launched The 200 on a wing and a prayer. The anonymous donor boldly contributed such a large sum to such a worthy cause. We need bold warriors to battle this horrific disease.

    We are so thankful for all of you and for the efforts of all SMA warriors. As one of The 200, we are honored to be in such good company.

  31. Awesome! The dream WILL come true! I just know it 😀

    (Type 2 from Sweden)

  32. Jenn D. says:

    This is amazing! And the work you are doing is truly inspiring!

  33. Rosemary Hilston says:

    With such wonderful momentum, we all need to re-dedicate our efforts to raise $500,000 to fulfill the financial needs of the gene therapy research to cure SMA! We can’t thank our Anonymous Angel enough for the huge boost with a $400,000 donation! And many thanks to the Gaynor family for their tireless campaign to make this all happen!

  34. christy Greene says:

    THANK you big donor! and thank you small donors too! SMA MIRACLES are so amazing!

  35. Caroline says:

    Vincent, thank YOU to you and your family for being SUCH an inspiration… This is WONDERFUL news and restores my faith in the good of people. Sophia will forever inspire me & I can honestly say that meeting her, you & and Catherine has impacted my life.

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