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Nathan Smith understands the challenges of living with spina bifida and wants to help others through education and by raising money and awareness.
He is coordinating a silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Columbus Learning Center and is collecting donations that will go to the Spina Bifida Association of Indiana.
Spina bifida is a birth defect resulting from an incompletely formed spinal cord that can result in nerve damage. Symptoms vary among individuals, but they can be mild to severe.
Smith, 27, who has spina bifida, has limited use of his legs and feet but has not let the condition slow him. He graduated from Columbus East High School and is taking classes at IUPUC, where he is working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
He also works part time at Columbus Regional Hospital and as a tutor at IUPUC.
Smith is team captain in Columbus for the Walk-n-Roll for Spina Bifida fundraiser. The goal is to raise $44,000 statewide by July 4.
Items in the Columbus silent auction will include restaurant gift certificates, gift cards, a T-shirt signed by several Indiana Pacers players and a football signed by members of the Indianapolis Colts.
The event will begin at 6 p.m., and winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m.
Information and donations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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