Glenn Lamb earned his first Good Samaritan Bonus of the year in December and selected the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama as the recipient of a $1,000 check from The Alliance because of his efforts.
On January 19, 1979, a small group of parents and professionals in Jefferson County joined together and filed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama. Betty Bell was the first president of the group which met once a month at the Center for Developmental Learning Disorders at University of Alabama Birmingham (now Sparks Center). Betty, a pediatric nurse, was director of the area's early intervention program and recognized a need for parents of children with Spina Bifida to have their own support group.
The Spina Bifida Association of Alabama became a recognized I.R.S. 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in 1981. From the beginning, the SBA organization and its founders have been comprised of families affected by Spina Bifida and medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to treating and preventing this birth defect. Both the founders and every person involved in the SBA of Alabama, possess a passion for helping those affected by Spina Bifida lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Thanks to these caring individuals, thousands of families have found support across our state. SBA is proud to have begun in 1979 in Jefferson County as a small group of parents and professionals has grown into an organization providing services to hundreds of families.
The Mission of the SBA of AL is to promote the prevention of Spina Bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected.