Muscular dystrophy and related conditions cause muscles to waste and weaken. More than 70,000 people in the UK are affected
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Brave teacher’s 10,000ft plunge to fight devastating disease

A brave teacher from Merseyside, North West England will be making the extra day count this Leap Year, by taking to the skies for a hair-raising 10,000ft skydive to raise funds for vital research into devastating muscle-wasting diseases.

Allison was inspired to plunge 10,000ft by four boys she teaches who have Duchenne, including brothers Tom, Dan and Sam Lloyd, who made an inspirational appearance on the 2011 X-Factor final.  Allison Carruthers, a Special Educational Needs Manager at Mosslands School on the Wirral, will face her fears to take the plunge in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Make Today Count campaign.  She will be joining 100 sky-divers from across the country to raise £30,000 to help further develop promising research into the first potential treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

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I'm really excited about the jump and I'm very passionate about the cause. I see first-hand the daily challenges that Duchenne brings, challenges that most teenage boys will never even have to think about. We are so close now to a treatment for this condition and it means a lot to me that I'm taking part in fundraising for such promising research that could make a difference to the lives of so many children born with Duchenne.make it safer and more effective.  

Allison was inspired to take on the challenge by four boys she works with who have Duchenne, including brothers Sam, Dan and Tom Lloyd, who made an inspirational appearance on the 2011 X-Factor final.  

This is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about muscular dystrophy as well as getting one step closer towards treating Duchenne. I hope others will join me in doing all they can to help the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign continue supporting this research. 

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has been supporting families affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy since 1959 funding research to find a treatment for this devastating life-limiting condition. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has invested more than one million pounds into the development of exon skipping therapies over the past 20 years leading to encouraging results. With your help we can continue to fund research which might produce a treatment within the decade.

Tags: Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Lifestyle

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