Join me in my Climb for a Cure.
On July 18-21 I will be climbing Mt. Baker, in the Cascade mountain range, Washington state.
You may know that at the end of last year, our son Owen was diagnosed with Juvenile Myositis (JM). An extremely rare and life-threatening disease that causes a child's own immune system to attack healthy tissue and cells. It can cause pain, weakness, inability to walk, disfigurement, organ failure and even lead to death.
Needless to say, this diagnosis threw us for a loop and we've now begun fighting for a cure for kids like Owen. Owen has been stuggling to stabilize this horrible disease for the last 10 months. Juvenile Myositis can affect virtually any system of the body, the heart, lungs, skin, muscles, and more. And there is no cure... YET. But that's where you come in. I am climbing Mt Baker to raise funds for Cure JM, the ONLY organization solely dedicated to accelerating the most promising JM research and improving the lives of every family fighting JM. Thanks to support from friends and family like you, Cure JM is funding research at more than 20 prestigious research institutions, helping to advance JM research at an unprecedented pace. And while we should be proud of all we have accomplished together, our challenge today is that we simply must move faster and in more areas of research than we ever have before. Cure JM's Strategic Research Plan calls for substantial new investments to identify the genes that cause JM and to understand their role. The plan calls for investments in drug discovery and development so children will have more and better treatments. And the plan calls for speeding basic research out of the lab and into the clinic through partnerships with pharmaceutical companies that will be needed to bring new treatments for JM to the marketplace. Accomplishing these research goals is within our grasp, and Cure JM's determination to succeed is unwavering, but we need your help. Please consider making a gift to Cure JM today. Your gift now will give HOPE to Owen and other kids that need it most.