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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Duchenne muscular dystrophy research - the impact

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has been fighting to find a treatment for the devastating muscle-wasting condition Duchenne muscular for the past 50 years, investing over £10 million in ground-breaking research. We are reliant on the gernorist of indivalils to fund all our work, please make a donation to supprt our reserach searchign for treaments and cures for muscular dystrophy

For the past 20 years the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has funded research into exon skipping, which is now potentially a viable treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Parents and families have been sending us these messages about this research breakthrough:

Robbie Warner's son Eoghan, 17, was born with the condition and has little muscle strength, meaning he now needs to use a wheelchair full time.

Robbie Warner and family"This is the first real tangible breakthrough after so many years of investment into this research from the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. As a family we're cautiously excited and see it as a real breakthrough. It's a sign of more progress to come from the scientific community."

 

Phillippa Farrant's son, Dan, was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is a full time wheelchair user. Phillippa said,

Phillippa Farrant with her MP Stephen Lloyd"The results of these trials are a real glimmer of hope for families affected by Duchenne. My son is 19 now. We may not see the benefits of this research in his lifetime. But for the parents that I work with who are dealing with a recent diagnosis, this is a hugely important milestone. Families of children with the condition have fought tirelessly to keep raising funds for research into treatments and cures. It is hard to put into words what a treatment giving boys with Duchenne a longer, fuller life would mean for them."

Sharon Kitcher's son James is 19 and now uses a wheelchair full time. Sharon said,

Alison Seabeck MP and Sharon and Terry Kitcher"When our son James was diagnosed with Duchenne there was no hope of any treatment on the horizon. We were given no hope. Research was in its early stages and every time we heard about a new trial it was like an emotional roller-coaster, wondering whether this one might finally be the breakthrough. Things have come on such a long way since then, and every time we hear about exon skipping the news seems to be positive. There is definitely a guarded air of optimism for us all. It's just so uplifting for those living with this condition every day."

Nicola Geraghty from Rochdale has two nephews, Damon and Ben, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Nicola, who has raised thousands of pounds towards research into treatments for the condition, said,

Nicola Geraghty and Simon Danczuk MP"This is incredibly exciting news. Fundraising for research like this has helped us as a family cope with every stage of Damon and Ben's condition, as we believe that we are getting ever closer to finding treatments to slow the onset of Duchenne. This is the glimmer of hope that we have been waiting for. I hope that people that have supported us over the years will read this and realise the difference that they are making."

All the work of the Muscular dystrophy Campaign is only possible because of the backing of our supporters. Donate now to help us fund more vital research into muscle-wasting disease.

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