Mytonic Dystrophy (DM) is a muti-systemic inherited disease that affects at least 1 in 8,000 people in the US. It is often viewed as a muscle disease; however, individuals affected by DM may have skeletal muscle problems, heart function abnormalities, breathing difficulties, cataracts, issues with speech and swallowing, cognitive impairment, excessive daytime sleepiness, or diabetic symptoms. Any single individual is unlikely to have all or even most of these symptoms.
Cousins Matthew Brown and Emily Youngblood Roberts received the shocking diagnosis of DM . Both were in the peaks of their careers, living out their dreams when the systems appeared. After many doctors appointments, meetings with specialists and much more they were eventually diagnosed with DM.
The funds raised for the Matthew Brown and Emily Youngblodd Roberts Fellowship fund go toward funding research at Stanford University with Dr. John Day. Your donation will bring Matthew, Emily and about 40,000 other people closer to finding a cure for DM.