Most of you know Malena, a 9 year old student in Ms. Rinaldi’s 3rd grade class. Malena inspires all who meet her. She just happens to roll rather than walk. At 15 months she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This disease robs sufferers of the ability to walk, crawl, and even sit up unassisted. Malena relies on a team of people to ensure she has access to many of the things we take for granted every day.Malena’s family finds themselves having to turn to their community to help raise funds for a new wheelchair accessible van and to make costly home modifications to give Malena greater access and some independence.