Young man with SMA is happy just the way he is
When their son, Cashel Garnder, was born, his parents, Sandy and Brandon, had no idea that he suffered from spinal muscular atrophy. This rare condition is a genetic disorder that causes the loss of motor neurons and leads to muscle wasting and paralysis as well as the inability to chew, swallow or speak. Cashel is now 19 years old and, except for one finger, his body is completely immobilized. Yet despite his severe condition, Cashel has an amazing perspective on his situation and life in general, and shares his message with the entire world in this video:
Cashel's beautiful words inspire everyone he meets and they show us that even the things we normally consider to be our defects can actually be a valuable part of who we are.