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Duchenne Muscular Distrophy

About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common lethal genetic disease of children worldwide.
  • It is 100% fatal.
  • DMD is a progressive weakening defect of all the muscles in the body, including the heart, and primarily occurs in boys.
  • There is no cure, no treatment, and no survivors.
  • Approx. 1 in every 2,400 boys worldwide is born with DMD; they die, on average, at about 16 years old.
  • In about 60% of the cases, DMD is inherited from the mother; in about 40% of the cases the disease is the result of spontaneous gene mutation, meaning anyone's son could be born with DMD.
  • DMD is a worldwide tragedy; kids of all colors, all nationalities, all classes, and all ethnic backgrounds die much too young, agonizingly, slowly, and painfully, from DMD.

DMD Research Fund

The Organization

DMDfund is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded by parents, relatives and friends of kids who have DMD. DMDfund is dedicated to finding a cure for DMD by funding research, so that millions of kids worldwide can live.

The DMDfund is a distinct and independent organization, and is not affiliated with, nor receives any funding from, any other organization.

Goal: $35 Million Dollars. Partial List of Immediate Needs

Wikipedia - Duchenne Muscular Distrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a recessive X-linked form of muscular dystrophy, which results in muscle degeneration, difficulty walking, breathing, and death. The incidence is around 1 in 3,600 boys.[1] Females and males are affected, though females are rarely affected and are more often carriers...

MDA - Muscular Distrophy Association

Definition - One of nine types of muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic, degenerative diseases primarily affecting voluntary muscles.

Cause - An absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact.

Onset - Early childhood - about 2 to 6 years.

Pub Med Health - Duchenne Muscular Distrophy

Pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy; Muscular dystrophy - Duchenne type

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves rapidly worsening muscle weakness.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a rapidly-worsening form of muscular dystrophy. Other muscular dystrophies (including Becker's muscular dystrophy) get worse much more slowly.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a defective gene for dystrophin (a protein in the muscles). However, it often occurs in people without a known family history of the condition.