David Stalling's Blog (11)

Nurturing Hope Through the Art of Nature (A Calender for a Cure)

I didn't deal well with my son's diagnosis of Duchenne, at first -- I took a selfish, cowardly, escapist approach, numbing my mind with sex, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and other self-destructive addictions. I let my son's disease feed my disease; it didn't do a…


Added by David Stalling on December 24, 2015 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

Late Night Confessions: (Are Hope and Truth Compaitible?)

I have been so focused on thinking I can help save my son’s life that I am avoiding, perhaps evading, mine and his actual current lives.  I’m not getting my work done. I don’t eat well. I hardly get outside or exercise anymore.  I feel mentally exhausted and frustrated by the time evening rolls around and I lay awake most nights crying. Those dark, lonely hours, reveal the…


Added by David Stalling on May 21, 2012 at 4:26am — 5 Comments

Raising Hopes: for Pete's Sake (A guest blog by Mary-Lou Weisman, author of "Intensive Care: A Family Love Story")

by Mary-Lou Weisman

My husband Larry and I are veterans of Duchenne. Our son, Peter Benjamin Weisman, died of Duchenne in 1980 at the age of 15-1/2. Those were the bad old days, when there was no…

Added by David Stalling on May 9, 2012 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Dinner with Katy Perry? Cory's Featured Voice!

I learned a few new things about my son today. Asked to name three people, real or fictitious, living or deceased, who he would like to have dinner with, here's who he picked: His grandpa Stalling (who died eight years ago); our old chocolate lab Sage (who died four years ago), and Katy Perry (who is still very much alive and singing).

Now I have "I kissed a…


Added by David Stalling on May 7, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Voices from Around the World: United in Hope!

I am often so focused on wanting to save my own son's life that I sometimes forget how many boys and their families and friends are affected by this terrible disease -- More than 300,000 boys worldwide have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy! 

As most of you know by now, I am circulating a petition,…


Added by David Stalling on May 5, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

PPMD and The Cory Story Featured in Dan Woog's 06880

06880 is the zip code for Westport, Connecticut, the town I grew up in. It is also the name of a popular, first-rate Blog created by lifelong Westporter Dan Woog.

Dan is an accomplished writer and teacher, well-respected public speaker, award-winning columnist, and longtime head coach of one of the most successful high…


Added by David Stalling on May 2, 2012 at 1:16am — No Comments

A Crazy Petition to George Clooney: PLEASE HELP! (sign it now)

It's critically and urgently important to get the attention and support needed to save my son's life and thousands of other boys who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

So I am trying a bit of a crazy (and desperate) social-media experiment -- I am trying to make a video about Cory and Duchenne GO…


Added by David Stalling on May 1, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Cory Story of HOPE: Let's Go VIRAL FOR A CURE!


Please give five minutes of your life so that my son and thousands of other boys might have a full life!  You can help in three easy ways (and it won't cost you a cent): 1) Watch, 2) Comment, and 3) Share (and encourage others to watch and share!) 

I hope this video goes viral enough to get positive attention from the likes of…


Added by David Stalling on April 28, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Letter to Cory from Friend and Writer Ben Long

Hi Cory.

You probably don’t remember me, but I am an old friend of your dad. We used to work a lot together and always had fun at it. I enjoy your dad because he is full of surprises and never shy about speaking his mind. I bet you are like that, too.

You and I met a few years ago, camping at Two Medicine Lake at Glacier National Park. You probably don’t…


Added by David Stalling on April 27, 2012 at 7:23pm — No Comments

A Note About Cory and Duchenne from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

"I'm cheering for Cory and commend the Stalling family for their advocacy on behalf of their son and the other children facing uncertain futures as a result of a diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Please support this family's efforts to increase awareness and improve the chances of finding the cure that might save Cory's life."…

Added by David Stalling on April 27, 2012 at 1:24am — No Comments

Berkeley, Missoula, New Orleans, Columbus, Hackensack . . . Connect Hope!

Today, as I sit here writing this in Berkeley,…


Added by David Stalling on April 25, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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