Heather Simmons's Page


2017 Team Owen New Bedford Half Marathon

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Heather Simmons's Page

My name is Heather Simmons. Our beautiful little boy, Owen, passed away on November 14, 2009 at the age of 23 months old. He was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, in December of 2008. This disease weakened all the muscles of his body, including those used to eat, breath and move. He was a bright, funny child in a failing body. This disease has no cure and is the #1 genetic killer of children under 2 years old.

It is so amazing that our little boy has inspired others to raise money to help find a cure for this horrible disease. Team Owen has grown to hundreds of runners and has raised close to $120,000 for the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation!!! Please join us in us in our quest to raise money for the GSF. The GSF is a terrific organization which funds many research projects that focus on searching for a cure.

Every little bit helps and we appreciate your donation, big or small!! Thank you for helping! I look forward to joining many friends, family and even strangers on March 19th!! All the SMA angels and children still fighting this disease will help motivate us every step of the way! We run for those that can't!! 

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