Updated: 10/04/2013 9:14 PM
Created: 10/04/2013 4:20 PM KSTP.com
By: Jessica Miles
8-year-old Ben Anco is a lot like other 3rd graders, his favorite subjects at school are recess and lunch.
Math is his least favorite.
But behind his bright blue eyes and dimply grin, Ben has spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA. It's a genetic disease that affects the muscles. Ben can't walk and never will. The disease is often deadly, the Anco family knows that all too well.
Twin boys Garrett and William were born five years ago, William also had SMA, and died right before he would have turned 2.
Mom Paige says they really focused on research in helping Ben move forward.
Ben goes to MDA camp in the summer and has mastered the zip-line and fishing, and he loves to play with his little brother on his wheelchair.
For the Anco's, their focus is finding a cure for this terrible disease, but until that's found, they know Ben will continue to fight it.
There is a fundraiser on Tuesday October 8th to raise money and awareness of SMA.
There will be professional athletes from the Vikings, Twins and Lynx, as well as athletes from around the country at TCF Bank Stadium in support of the event. Sergeant Slaughter will also be showing his support.
For more information, click here.