October 2011 Blog Posts (16)

HerSelf First

HerSelf First. The name may strike you as a bit quirky. Some of you may wonder what exactly does it mean? And others may sigh and think ‘wishful thinking’. We are all technically savvy, able to put mobile phones on ‘silent’ or ‘vibrate’, computers on ‘sleep’ or ‘hibernate’ and have the advantage of using ‘restart’ or ‘reboot.’ But…


Added by Pat Furlong on October 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Family trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Our family trip to the pumpkin patch.  We had a great time laughing and just spending time together.  Over the last 3 years life has thrown up a few curve balls, but I am so happy to have my amazing family to love.  (Left to right, Wyatt 3 1/2, Travis 12, Carter 8 months, Leigha 17, Brady 6, Anthony 15)




Added by Wyatt's Mommy, Melissa on October 27, 2011 at 8:51pm — 1 Comment


Fall is my favorite season. It is a wonderful time of year from the time summer ends with warm sunny afternoons, cool crisp evenings and long shadows to the mid season with brilliant foliage, the smell of apples and oak leaves that amuse the senses. Even late fall is pleasant when most things turn from crimson and gold to mainly brown, the trees struggle to hang on to a few remaining brown leaves and the temperatures barely stay above freezing. Fall is a comforting season when people turn in…


Added by Brian Denger on October 26, 2011 at 9:13pm — 1 Comment

Duchenne as an Endurance Race

Posted by Tracey Passantino, Founder and CEO of Race4Girls.com live link to this blog:

How Shea Holbrook Works - Duchenne as an Endurance Race


Being the founder of an organization that has people in different parts of the country you’ve never met is a little weird for me. In spite of that, I feel very inspired by these women who have all in their own way found what drives them to…


Added by Shea Holbrook on October 26, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

World Muscle Society Congress & ACE-031 news

The Duchenne community has been eagerly awaiting news about a Phase 2 Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multiple-Ascending-Dose Study of ACE-031 in ambulant, steroid-treated boys with Duchenne (A031-03). We were all disappointed to hear the study was terminated and hoping to understand what were the results of the study in terms of safety and pharmacologic effects and what expectations we might have with regard to next steps for ACE-031. We needed a therapeutic dose of…


Added by Pat Furlong on October 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

So Much Happening this Weekend....

Greetings Friends!


We have a very busy weekend ahead of us, with some fantastic events happening in the community!

I wanted to take a moment to highlight these fun and very different fundraisers taking place over the weekend.

Big shout out to all those who are organizing events (not just these events- all…


Added by Ryan Fischer on October 21, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Genetic Therapy Science News

In 1986, Louis Kunkel is recognized for discovering the dystrophin gene...


He was not the only individual focused on finding the gene responsible for Duchenne. There were several groups of investigators in Europe, Canada, and the US racing to find this, the first gene to be identified. Dystrophin - thought to be the holy grail, the key that would soon unlock…


Added by Pat Furlong on October 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

a little angel

Laughter echoed from down the hallway. I paused folding the laundry momentarily to listen. It was MEA week and my two younger sons were off from school for the next few days. We had happily agreed to entertain my nine year old niece Kayla and her friend Meaghan during this time. Just the week before my boys had mentioned they missed playing with their cousin Kayla and wondered when we could have her stay over again. It is wonderful sometimes how things can just magically fall into place.…


Added by Rita Felling on October 20, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

"Care Considerations in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" the first ten years...

The Roundtable will provide an invaluable opportunity for parents and family members of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to gather with practitioners, researchers, and other parents in an informative and supportive environment.  It is our sincere hope that the Roundtable will facilitate an ongoing dialogue amongst the participants and the presenters so that we may achieve optimal care for boys living with Duchenne.

Preview of Presenters:

  • Elise Townsend, Ph.D.…

Added by Christine McSherry on October 18, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

a week away

My son Zach let know immediately upon the return from my "moms week away" how happy he was to have me back at home and resume my role as mother. He had graciously accepted the responsibility of caring for his two disabled younger brothers, while I spent a week in Vegas with my two sisters, relaxing and enjoying some much needed time off. As he wrapped his arms around me to welcome me home he whispered that everything had…

Added by Rita Felling on October 17, 2011 at 2:38am — 1 Comment

Lessons learned and remembered


Having a child affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy means attempting to maintain a sense of stability which is often an unsteady target.  As we seek normalcy, the very ground we walk on seems to move like a gelatinous surface.  Still, most families cope and deal with each change as it comes while waiting for the next, often holding one’s breath.  There are instances when an event comes out of the blue that challenges the delicate foundation we grasped making us wonder what…


Added by Brian Denger on October 14, 2011 at 6:07pm — 6 Comments

Rate your Duchenne/Becker care through the Clinic Survey

The MD-CARE Act was signed into law in 2001 and reauthorized in 2008. What’s that got to do with a clinic survey you might ask? The MD-CARE Act was a pivotal moment. In a certain way, it was…


Added by Pat Furlong on October 13, 2011 at 10:32am — 3 Comments

Learning to sail his ship

Ever since Jonathan was diagnosed with Duchenne, I’ve often wondered and reflected on what his life would be like.  I’m always surprised and impressed with his can do attitude.

As we looked at colleges and careers, Jon made the decision to live at home on his own.   I was worried that he was making his choices based on what his Dad and I thought.  When we discussed living away…


Added by Christine Piacentino on October 9, 2011 at 9:19am — 4 Comments

Co Blog: A Blue One

Co-Blog- This month, I wanted to share with you a blog Ivy wrote that really affected me and I think will move you. For me, this is story is about taking off our glasses, the way we view others, the way we view the world.   Hard as it is, heartbreaking as it may be, we have to squint, to see the world differently, and to see the world as our sons see the world.  And with some luck, we might just appreciate ‘the blue one.’ Thank you Ivy for sharing a moment we all can…


Added by Pat Furlong on October 7, 2011 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

An Amazing September Starts a Fall of Promise

Dear Friends,

As we say goodbye to September and hello to autumn, I wanted to take a moment and thank you.

PPMD and the entire Duchenne community are busier than ever. There is so much to do, to push forward, to get done, in our daily lives and in the care of our sons. Every now and then, though, it is important to take a minute to exhale and realize what you’ve done, what’s been accomplished, and what is happening around you.



Added by Pat Furlong on October 5, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The End of One Season and the Begin of the Next

Orlando, FL – The 2011 Pirelli World Challenge Season wrapped up last weekend at the Road Atlanta Grand Prix. Holbrook unable to attend the championship race still has high spirits and expectations leading into the 2012 season.


“We had a fantastic season. We won the Long Beach Grand Prix in the Touring Car division, and I made history becoming the first woman to win a Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car race and now just the third to ever win a race at Long Beach. Do I wish…


Added by Shea Holbrook on October 4, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

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