Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

In 1995 I was blessed with my twin boys Troy and Andrew who were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is a Muscular Dystrophy” is a broad term used to label gene-related disorders that affect muscles throughout the body.

There are more than 20 specific genetic disorders considered to be Muscular Dystrophy. Most have the same result (a reduction in muscle strength due to weakening and deterioration) but these various types of Muscular Dystrophies are specific to different muscles in the body and different rates of degeneration.

All forms of Muscular Dystrophy are considered rare, but Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is perhaps the most common of the Muscular Dystrophies in existence. Since it was first identified in the 1860’s, DMD affects approximately 1 boy in every 3,000.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is terminal and needs to be treated and cured. Please help us beat this dreaded disease and help us treat and cure our sons!

Mark W. Chauppetta

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