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Let me be the first person in a wheelchair to go to Mars.

Astronomers predict man will walk on Mars within a generation. Well, I can't be the first person to walk on Mars (because I'm in a wheelchair) but I can still be the first person to ROLL on Mars, right?

Why do I want to be the first person in a wheelchair to go to Mars? Two reasons:

1. I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at age 2. SMA is a stupid, incurable, genetic disease that goes to war with the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brain stem and napalms them into severe atrophy, eventually causing way too many funerals. In fact, SMA kills more babies than any other genetic disease.

I'm 28 now and holding strong, but the life expectancy of a person with my type of SMA is somewhat reduced. That means if the experts are right, I might not be around when people finally go to Mars. Well, forget that nonsense.

I plan on living long enough to see man walk on Mars (and then some). I will do everything in my power to find a cure for SMA and eradicate this disease from the face of the Earth. And then maybe I'll go to Mars.

2. It would be ridiculously awesome to go to Mars.

So how can you help?

Well, for starters, you can sign the petition. Maybe if we get enough signatures President Obama will be all like "hey I need to pay attention to this" and help me raise awareness of SMA (and maybe even agree to let me go to Mars so I'll stop whining about it).

Then, please consider making a small donation of any size to FightSMA. They're a great nonprofit organization at the forefront of SMA research and advocacy. They work every day to help people like me beat this awful disease.

Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated:

Then, spread the word. Share this petition with everyone you know. Like us on facebook at And just do anything you can to tell people about this awful disease and how it needs to be gone forever.

Thanks for your help and your involvement in this important cause. Let's cure SMA and go to Mars (me first, of course)!

- Adam Fogle

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