AVI and PPMD have a long history of working together to develop treatments that may help to prolong the lives of those living with Duchenne. We have always been grateful to the dedication AVI has shown to the Duchenne community as they continue to work on treatments that will help our sons live longer, stronger lives. Now they are taking that dedication a step further by lacing up their running shoes and pounding the streets of Seattle to help raise awareness and end Duchenne.
Participating alongside the AVI team are 20 other runners, including Conrad Reynoldson, a 25-year-old man living with Duchenne (pictured right). Conrad is the only person to have participated in the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon in a power wheelchair. 2012 will mark his second year competing in the race.
"I am always looking for new and innovative ways to raise awareness and funds for PPMD as well as the broader disability community," said Conrad. "Last year when I heard that no one in a power chair had ever participated in this race, I realized this was a perfect opportunity."
The Run For Our Sons team fundraising goal for the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon is $25,000.
"Perhaps over time Run For Our Sons can become Run With Our Sons as more of us adults and young men with Duchenne take charge of our futures," said Conrad.
Run For Our Sons began in 2005 with 80 runners at the Walt Disney World Marathon. Since then the program has grown to encompass most major marathons around the country, with hundreds of runners participating each year. Since its founding, the Run For Our Sons program has raised more than $6 million to fund PPMD's work.
Nicole Herring, Endurance Program Manager
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