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What is Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,500 babies are born each year with Spina Bifida in the United States. Spina Bifida can happen anywhere along the spine if the neural tube does not close all the way. When the neural tube doesn’t close all the way, the backbone that protects the spinal cord doesn’t form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. Spina Bifida might cause physical and intellectual disabilities that range from mild to severe. The severity depends on: 

  • The size and location of the opening in the spine.
  • Whether part of the spinal cord and nerves are affected.

For more information download this fact sheet. 

 

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Spina Bifida Wisconsin, Ltd is a state-wide organization and maintains a data base of Wisconsin residents affected by Spina Bifida. By joining you will receive occasional emails about our events and services. SBWIS does not sell or share your email.

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SBWIS Board of Directors and Staff Members

 
 
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PReSIDENT:

Karen Drzewiecki, OTR

SECRETARY:

James B. Hanley, Esq.

TREASURER:

Michael Moulton, CPA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Kathy Mohar, CTRS/LMT

Directors:

Jeanne Bowman, Dana Gass, Tim Gerds, Dr. Bruce Kaufman, Mary Harmon, Eileen Sherburne, Harpreet Singh-Gill, Brittney Stich, Jacob Peplinski

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:

Tonya Villwock, BSW