I've been working on a couple of paintings that I am donating to an auction for an event called Micah's March and wanted to share the first one with you today. Sweet baby Micah has a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy and the event is put on to raise money to will help his family pay for all the medical bills.
"Most babies with SMA are born after a normal pregnancy, are seemingly healthy, and pass all current newborn screenings. SMA is a terminal and degenerative disease that causes weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles in infants and children. Specifically, the disease is caused by an abnormal or missing gene known as the survival motor neuron gene (SMN1), which is responsible for the production of a protein essential to motor neurons. Without this protein, lower motor neurons in the spinal cord degenerate and die. As the motor neuron network breaks down, the ability of the brain to control muscles diminishes and with less control and use, muscles weaken and waste away. Simply, SMA eventually impacts every muscle in the body hindering the ability to walk, sit, stand, eat, breathe, and swallow. The mind always remains unaffected and children with SMA are bright, sensitive, and playful in spite of their failing bodies."
Please check out Micah's story and if you feel so inclined to go to the event or spread the word, please do! This verse is one that Micah's mom feels is kind of a theme for them, so I did two different paintings of the same verse. I'll be back to show you the second one soon!