Cause of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne is caused by a mutation on the X chromosome, which results in partial or complete inability to produce the muscle protein, dystrophin. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern. Males have only one copy of the X chromosome, which they receive from their mother. If their X chromosome has a DMD … Read more

2018 Chicago Spring Half Marathon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Devin entered the 2018 Chicago Spring Half Marathon with MDA Team Momentum. It was a super cold day for late May with a temperature of only 45 degrees, which was made even colder by the 15 mile per hour winds blowing in off Lake Michigan. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][gem_gallery gallery_gallery=”24412″ gallery_type=”grid” gaps_size=”42″ metro_max_row_height=”380″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Carousel of Possible Dreams

Devin and I had the great privilege of attending The Carousel of Possible Dreams as guests of CureDuchenne. CureDuchenne was one of the four charities to benefit from this year’s Chicago area event, organized by the Festival of Children Foundation and held at the beautiful Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, IL. We were very fortunate to spend … Read more


University of Florida April 23-25, 2017 Devin enrolled in the Imaging DMD study which has been designed to compare the muscles of boys with duchenne to muscles of boys without DMD over a period of 5 years. They observe and document the amount of muscle damage shown in the images from the MRI along with data from … Read more

CureDuchenne Cares Family Workshop – Milwaukee, WI

We were honored to be the host family for the CureDuchenne Cares family workshop held in Milwaukee, WI. Our family had a wonderful time and learned a lot of very valuable information. The CureDuchenne team is absolutely outstanding! Please attend a workshop if you have the opportunity. They need to know how much we appreciate their … Read more

If I Can

if I CAN if it’s unacceptable, I can confront it. if it’s unbearable, I can endure it. if it’s unbeatable, I can defeat it. if it’s never been done, I can be the one. Christ strengthens me.   I wrote this in the hospital today. I was thinking about everything we’ve been through with DMD, … Read more

Bring Me to the Payers – The Fight for Access to Exondys51

“The Day” On September 19, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first ever treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Eteplirsen, otherwise known by its brand name Exondys51, was developed by Sarepta Therapeutics. Exondys51 is a novel medicine that uses a technique called exon skipping which allows an error in mutated RNA to … Read more