It is important for #Convaid to remind our community that Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Awareness Week starts in just a few days. Many boys in the greater Convaid community are affected by this progressive muscle disorder that affects 1 in 3,500 boys worldwide. The reason it mostly affects boys is because the Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene is found in the X chromosome. According to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, many of the cases are genetically inherited, however, approximately 35% of all Duchenne cases are the result of “a new random spontaneous genetic mutation.” This means that Duchenne could affect any family.
Boys diagnosed with DMD typically lose their ability to walk and need the assitance of a wheelchair, such as the Convaid Trekker, EZ Rider, Cruiser or Rodeo, sometime between the ages of 10 and 14 years. Most boys lose upper body strength by their late teens, making upper body movement very difficult. There is no known cure for DMD.
“Despite the high occurrence of DMD, raising awareness is one of our biggest challenges,” says Pat Furlong, executive director at Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. “We hope doctors, parents, neighbors and communities learn more about DMD during our Awareness Week and join in our fight for a better future for our sons.”
Visit: http://www.ParentProjectMD.org for more information.