The Fight Duchenne Foundation are on a misson to increase awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and raise much needed funds across the broader community thereby changing the lives of those families living with Duchenne through the provision of essential support and services.
It has been estimated that one person in every 3,000 has a serious disabling inherited neuromuscular disorder. Most neuromuscular diseases are incurable. For many it is a devastating disease that results in muscle wasting, loss of mobility, breathing difficulties and early death. For many parents a diagnosis is like a death sentence.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a neuromuscular disorder affecting approximately 1 in 3,500 live male births (less in females) causing death in the late teens or early twenties. It is a genetic disease resulting from a mutation in a gene on the X-chromosome known as the dystrophin gene. The dystrophin gene is the largest gene in the human body which means that it has a high rate of spontaneous mutations. Consequently, one in three cases of DMD result from novel mutations without any previous family history.