Universal Funding recently provided a donation to help support a local child who was born with a rare form of dwarfism. The family of Calvin Smith, a local 7 year old boy from Liberty Lake, Washington, has an immediate goal to raise $4500. The funds will be applied towards travel and medical expenses so that Calvin can be treated by a specialist whose emphasis is Metatropic Dysplasia.
Metatropic means “changing shape”; this rare form of dwarfism affects the long bones, spine, and joints, causing a dwarfed stature. This rare form of dwarfism can lead to paralysis and even death. Calvin’s family must travel to Wilmington Delaware to see a specialist who can treat him properly with his accelerating condition. He has previously received excellent treatment from Seattle Children’s Hospital, but with fewer than 100 reported cases of this rare case of dwarfism worldwide, it’s time for Calvin to see a doctor who has worked with other patients with the same rare condition.
“The majority of our annual charitable giving revolves around organizations that focus on the betterment of kids in our community,” shares one of Universal Funding’s founders, Monica Wozow. “When there is such a rare medical case in our own neighborhood, how can we ignore the call for support?”
$1000 was donated by Universal Funding to help the Smith family reach their $4500 goal. Other community efforts include a cookie sale which raised $800, a Thirty One Gifts raffle which took place in August, and there is a Calvin Smith Benefit Fund at Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union. Funds can be donated directly to account #346153 at STCU or via a crowdfunding site at You Caring.