August 2012 Blog Posts (20)

Interview with Chris Garabedian, President and CEO of Sarepta Therapeutics

We are all acutely aware of the need for an effective treatment for Duchenne. Finding a way for children and young men affected by Duchenne to lead longer, healthier lives is at the heart of all of our efforts as families’ fight this devastating disease.


This week PPMD received an…


Added by Sharon Hesterlee on August 31, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Learning the Lessons of Life.

Hello Everyone. 

I'm sorry I have not been here for such a long time. So much has happened since we were here last.

Tim is doing well-better than expected.  I can still him his roar of laughter from his room even with his door close.  My son, Timothy, now 23 yrs old is so positive about life and full of laughter that he is not let letting this disease get to…


Added by Dee on August 30, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments

Increasing stem cell survival in Duchenne therapy

One approach to improving muscle strength in Duchenne is to replace unhealthy muscle cells that lack dystrophin with donor stem cells that have normal levels of dystrophin. These cells might come from a relative unaffected by Duchenne or even a person with Duchenne’s own cell, after dystrophin is restored though a technique like gene therapy.


Although we’ve…


Added by Sharon Hesterlee on August 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments



Do any of your sons have GERD? My 17 year old was seen by the gastroenterologist in March..His complaint is that it feels like there is something stuck in his throat. She had him take prilosec, dyciclomine for upset stomach and polyethylene glycol powder to help with bowel movements..His stomach problems are stable now but he still feels the throat thing. We are going back to the doctor tomorrow but wondering if anybody else has dealt with this and how?

Added by Lisa Groeger on August 20, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

Day's End

Day's End

Some morning too soon my son will not rise;…


Added by Andrea Cleary on August 19, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Scott’s 46th Birthday

First, my disclaimer. I’ve known Scott and the Sands family for more than 20 years. I met Scott’s father during my travels long ago, both of us looking for magic for our sons. I knew well the story of Scott’s family traveling to Florida when he was 23, the emergency tracheostomy, at that time thought to be the best method for clearing secretions and battling…


Added by Pat Furlong on August 15, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Summer vacations

Brian Denger is the father of two sons who are living with Duchenne. He is very involved with PPMD in the effort to educate and help families living with Duchenne.

Vacations and summer are synonymous for many families. When people think of vacations, what often comes to mind is travel to a tourist destination,…


Added by Brian Denger on August 14, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Moments in life.

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Added by Christine Piacentino on August 13, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments

August Note: Going for the Gold

As you read this month's newsletter, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are coming to a close. The world’s best athletes are heading home with their medals or their hearts broken, but all of them taking with them memories that will last a lifetime. For this…


Added by Pat Furlong on August 13, 2012 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Senate and House Continue to Send Message Against CDC Consolidation

Thank you to everyone who reached out to their Senate and House members about stopping consolidation of vital Duchenne programs at the CDC! Members of both the…


Added by Ryan Fischer on August 9, 2012 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

PPMD Endorses The National Pediatric Research Network Act

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In a letter to Senators Brown and Wicker (PDF), PPMD officially endorsed the National Pediatric…


Added by Ryan Fischer on August 9, 2012 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Run For Our Sons – Newsletter/Updates

The past six months have been action-packed for Run For Our Sons, and we wanted to take a moment to share what's happened and what's ahead with the entire Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy community. A big thank you to each and every one of you who have gone the distance to end Duchenne, whether it was a full marathon or a 5K - you're helping us raise funds to support PPMD's…


Added by Nicole Herring on August 9, 2012 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Coach to Cure MD: Text, Talk, Tailgate

Football season is one of my favorite times of year. It brings me back to watching my college football team, the James Madison University Dukes, who will always be near and true to my heart. Who doesn't like to tailgate and root on their teams?

On September 29, 2012, coaches from your favorite university will be wearing…


Added by Danielle Garrigan on August 9, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

My Voice: Sean Quigg, 18 years old

Creativity, humor, edgy, important – these are just some of the words we can use to describe our Featured Voice for August, Sean Quigg and his Spaghetti Arms project. Sean wanted to raise awareness in a clever way that explained Duchenne, but was also cool. He also wanted an excuse to follow some of his favorite bands. Thus, Spaghetti Arms was born, whose mission is to…


Added by Will Nolan on August 9, 2012 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Expectations for Clinical Trials

Over the past few years I have talked to a lot of parents, individuals with Duchenne, and clinicians about clinical trials. This probably won’t be a surprise to you: I often hear how desperation and a feeling of running out of time affect how people think and feel about clinical trials.      


Many bioethicists are worried…


Added by Holly Peay on August 9, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

Perspective (Two Moms, Co-Blogging)

Parents agonize over clinical trials, balancing the pros and cons and above all else, wanting to do what is best for not just the physical health of their child, but the emotional health as well. In this month’s co-blog, Colorado FACES coordinator and parent Ivy Scherbarth and…


Added by Pat Furlong on August 9, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Positive Exposure

Rick Guidotti has a lot of energy - a lot of experience and expertise, but the first thing you notice about him is, he has a LOT of energy. I first heard him speak at Cincinnati Children's Hosptial Medical Center at pediatric grand rounds. He was in Cincinnati to promote his photography installation (“Positive Exposure”) at the Cincinnati Museum Center. He…


Added by Kathi Kinnett on August 9, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Standardizing Duchenne care


The clear message received by all at the end of the Transforming Duchenne Care meeting, held just prior to the PPMD Connect Conference, was that parents, providers and industry felt a need for clear, consistent standards of care for patients with Duchenne…


Added by Kathi Kinnett on August 8, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Celebrating Our Olympic Hero

If you asked me if I could swim, I might say ‘more or less’. Translated, that means that somewhere long ago I took some lessons, that are now lost to memory and in some strange way in my ‘muscle memory’ and adapted for the few times I have access to a pool. For some of us, the ‘more or less’ approach is what we do. Paddle around the shallow end, jump or dive…


Added by Pat Furlong on August 1, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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