Current Santa Barbara resident, Bill Strong is a father unlike any other. When his daughter was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) at six months old he began fighting to make a change for those affected with SMA. He founded the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation to search for a cure, while shifting his entire life to care and support his family. Now six years old, his daughter is still fighting and the GSF has raised over $1.5 million to increase SMA awareness and fund research .
A genetic disorder, SMA is currently the number one killer of young children. These children are missing an essential gene that is necessary to promote healthy muscle development. Without this gene, their ability to walk, talk, eat, and speak diminishes as their body grows weaker and weaker.
A new fundraiser has been announced as the once popular Long Run at Horseneck Beach has been brought back and Gwendolyn Strong Foundation is the beneficiary of this historic run Funds raised from the Long Run 8K and donated from sponsors like Santa Barbara Auto Group support the search for a cure.
“Santa Barbara Auto Group is proud to support the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation and to promote awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA),” shares Santa Barbara Auto Group’s General Manager, Duane Sanders.
The Long Run 8K is organized by multiple Boston marathon winner and former Olympian, Geoff Smith. The race continues the tradition and travels along beautiful Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA. Scheduled for September 7, 2014 at 11am this race promises to be memorable.
“We are so pleased to be able to support this amazing cause being fought here in our town and across the nation” shares Sanders. If you would like to show your support for the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation and join the fight against SMA sign up today for the Long Run 8K and fight to the finish line.
About Santa Barbara Auto Group
Santa Barbara Auto Group is located off the 101 and Hope Ave and serves Santa Barbara residents and drivers throughout Southern California as the premium dealer for Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Smart. Every Santa Barbara Auto Group employee is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance. Santa Barbara Auto Group represents eight different luxury brands and friendly experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week. To learn more about your favorite luxury vehicle, or to schedule a test drive, feel free to call, email, or visit Santa Barbara Auto Group.
Santa Barbara Auto Group
402 S Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105