Our mission is to raise funds and awareness towards a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy while proving the abilities that come with disabilities.
On September 26, 2015, Players Indoor Sports Center was filled with all different types of people from adults to toddlers, and from walkers to wheelers. Back in 2006, SMA Type 2 patient Angie Lee met a friend of a lifetime, Kyra Scadden. Being in second grade at the time, Kyra had wondered why Angie could not join her in playing soccer. Once Kyra learned about Spinal Muscular Atrophy, she wanted to help. She decided to have a penny drive with a goal of $200 set to help find a cure. With the generous assistance of Kyra and Angie’s families and their surrounding community, the penny drive turned into a massive garage sale that raised over $9,400 within ten days. Thus, the Angie’s Hope Organization was created. Since then, the girls have hosted multiple huge garage sales and family dinner parties to raise funds for a cure. In 2014, they switched it up and decided to have a huge soccer tournament for their annual event. With the help of a forty-inch wheelchair friendly soccer ball, Kyra and Angie were finally able to play soccer together.
The soccer tournament consisted of thirty teams of 8-12 people competing for the championship. The sports complex was filled with people running around wearing blue “Cure SMA – The Ultimate Goal” t-shirts, as well as spectators who were able to enjoy a DJ, a moon bounce, games for both children and adults, a silent auction, raffles, and a concession stand. Angie’s high school, Metea Valley High School, got heavily involved, with the A Cappella groups singing the national anthem, cheerleaders performing the half time show, and JV and Varsity Soccer teams playing on the field alongside the Student Government. Big fun and big funds came with the event, which was featured in newspapers such as the Naperville Sun, the Chicago Tribune, and the Daily Herald. The soccer tournament had the biggest turnout and funds the Angie’s Hope Organization had ever seen. Throughout the night at the event, over $39,500 was raised, causing Kyra and Angie to get closer to their ultimate goal of finding a cure for this disease. This put the total amount of money they raised towards a cure over the past nine years at over $190,000. The event was a huge success and a blessing to say the least. In 2014, Chloe Ochoa (SMA Type 3) and her spirited team ended up taking home the grand prize. In 2015, The Curry Captains, led by Vishal Prakash (Metea Valley HS, Junior), went home singing “We Are The Champions”.
As Kyra and Angie have grown older along with the organization, they have been more than pleased to see the progress that the cause has made. The prosperity of the event is evident of the awareness of the disease that is constantly spreading and the enormous difference a small idea can truly make. Though organization started with just two girls, it has expanded into a team and community of people working together towards a goal that has become much larger than just one friend helping another out. Just as the organization has learned through the experiences of this fundraiser, it is crucial for people (both with SMA and without) to look at a disability not as a limitation, but instead as a chance to make a difference in the way people perceive each other. Then, together, we really will find a cure.
2007 Garage Sale $9,400
2008 Garage Sale $12,500
2009 Garage Sale $15,000
2010 Garage Sale $20,200
2011 “Fight SMA” Family Pasta Party $20,428
2012 “Wipe Out SMA” Family Pasta Party $20,000
2013 “Strike Out SMA” Family Pasta Party $23,000
2014 Big Ball Soccer Tournament $32,000
2015 Big Ball Soccer Tournament $39,500