To be honest, I am happy the Holidays are over. Don't get me wrong, I love them, look forward to them, make big plans in my mind and absolutely love it when Jenny and Michelle are home. Then, it all feels right to some degree, although there is an absence that you can feel in every room of our home - Chris and Patrick. That emptiness will remain forever. During the holidays, it is as if the world stops and everyone is resting. It makes me antsy because I am very aware Duchenne takes no rest, it is with all of us, an elephant sitting in every room, present at every celebration. So, I'm always happy when things restart - this year in particular. I think we have come a long way with potentially promising clinical trials near the horizon. Night after night, I have listened to the bad news: the economy sinking, jobs lost, families suffering. It is frightening on so many levels. I was thinking we might all go to Congress asking for a bailout - a bailout of Duchenne. $100 million say, in basic research, looking for new /novel ideas, clinical trials, incentives for industry, exploring specific areas of care and CARE for all those families who are seeking the best for their son. I imagine the bailout won't work. But what will work and doesn't cost money is for all of us to inform this 111th Congress about Duchenne. We have many new members of Congress who have not even heard the word Duchenne, let alone understand how it hurts. The Members (most of them anyway) are sworn in ... time to call and call and call, find a friend in the office and talk to them about Duchenne. It is critical as we ensure Duchenne remains a high priority to NIH, to Congress, and to every other federal agency.