USAHS alumni on a mission to spread awareness about SMA and give his kids the best life possible.
Jarod Carter is a 2007 Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate from the Austin campus. He now owns his own practice, Carter Physiotherapy PLLC, in Austin and is a new father to twins.
“He graduated so long ago but he always had a smile on his face and was so respectful, professional and always willing to volunteer for functions on campus,” USAHS Registrar Diane Rondinelli said. “Those qualities never go away which is why his life circumstances have touched so many people. Jarod is truly one of the good guys.”
Dr. Carter’s eight-month-old twins, Adelaide and Gray, were recently diagnosed with neuromuscular disease Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy. SMA is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Less than two years ago, this disease was fatal and not treatable. With groundbreaking steps in medicine, the twins have begun to receive treatment to live the best and healthiest lives they can.
The twins receive physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions as well as 24/7 intensive home-care attention. As a proud USAHS alumni, a contributing member to the physical therapy field, and hardworking father, Dr. Carter is doing everything he can to raise awareness about Type 1 SMA. For more information on the Carters’ story and how you can help, visit Dr. Carter’s GoFundMe page for Adelaide and Gray.