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Cumberland native raising money for SMA research

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Nicole Gerber

CUMBERLAND - A young lady from Cumberland wants people to know... miracles do happen. She was not supposed to live past the age of two... but at 23... she's spreading a message hope... as she lives with a muscular disease.
Now, she's trying to raise enough money for a documentary on her journey.

"I was given no hope, essentially," said Alyssa Silva, who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was just 6 months old.
"And then I did beat the odds and I always have been really passionate about raising awareness and money ever since I was little.

From creating cards and calendars, to blogging, Alyssa has spread her message of hope across the globe, raising more than $85 thousand to date.

Now, with the help of the Animus Studios in East Providence she hopes to take her efforts one step further: by creating a documentary.

"Anyone who is in need of that inspiration in their lives, we want to provide something to give to them, to say hey, there is hope, and no matter what situation you're in, you can always dare to be remarkable," she said.

Dare to be Remarkable - the hour long documentary - will showcase Silva's remarkable journey from childhood diagnosis to college graduation... and all the determination in between.

"I have SMA, SMA doesn't have me," she said in a preview to the film.

Silva has a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary for the film. $15 thousand is needed by July 1st to make it happen, and she still has a ways to go. To donate visit the Kickstarter website by clicking here.

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