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 off the board with sufficient confidence that we can manage some to resurface and rotate our arms, randomly kick our legs until we reach the edge of the pool. In my head, that’s called swimming. But my definition of swimming and Ryan Lochte’s definition of SWIMMING are worlds apart.


In 2008, I spent some time with Ryan Lochte, who then was a six-time Olympic medalist with three gold, two silver and one bronze. Ryan, the swimming champion was in Washington as a champion of the re-authorization of the MD CARE Act. And he did just that, used his strength for Duchenne.


Friday is Ryan’s birthday. He’s already struck Olympic gold – the first gold medal for the US actually! – and in our hearts he will forever be a hero of this community. Help celebrate Ryan’s birthday by:


In a recent interview, Matt Lauer asked Ryan to write the headlines. Ryan smiled and said “Ryan Lochte takes over’.   I’m adding my voice to his – TAKE OVER RYAN, win the Gold. Thanks for making a difference in the world of swimming and in our world of Duchenne.


Pat Furlong, Founding President, CEO
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