It's that time of year again, Friends! Team TriUMPH is back and the Phelps-Leonowicz-MacIsaac squad is ready to push themselves to reach some personal bests on June 23rd in the Motor City Triathlon to raise money for Team Joseph in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Some things never change and some team members have trained... and some... have not. Regardless of the preparation (or lack of) why do they do it? Because it is a really important cause. And because they can. Boys like Joseph, who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, lose muscle strength and abilities as they get older. Basic every day things that we all take for granted, they lose the ability to do. Team TriUMPH will be out there alongside Joseph, who was originally diagnosed with Duchenne at age 5 and who is now 16 years old. Joseph refuses to be defined by his disease however the impact of the disease is great. At just 16 years old, Joseph says he needs to ask for help from friends to open water bottles at school or to help lift a book onto his desk. Imagine that? At just 16 years old, most of us don't even think about completing either of those tasks and this is why research is so important. In addition to stealing these every day tasks and joys, Duchenne is one of the most fatal and progressive types of muscular dystrophy so it is important that we continue to fund research!
We are excited to do our part and to get out there to support Team Joseph, and to use our muscles to raise money for kids who can't use theirs. We appreciate your support, every dollar counts! If you're looking for something inspiring to do on June 23rd please feel free to join us on Belle Isle, it's a really cool event to watch and Joseph and Scott Mitchell will be racing again, which is truly a sight to see!
A little about Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Team Joseph is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding cutting edge research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Duchenne is the most common degenerative genetic muscle disease in boys. As most boys are growing stronger and gaining independence, boys with Duchenne are losing muscle function and mobility. Duchenne is not limited by race or socio-economic status. Typically diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 6, it primarily affects boys. In fact, 99 percent of the almost 20,000 new cases each year are boys, meaning 1 boy out of every 3,500 will be diagnosed. At this time, there is no treatment and no cure that stops the progression of Duchenne, but there is great hope! There is more promise than ever before that our boys will be able to play football with their friends, run through their backyards catching bugs, climb the steps on the school bus , maintain their mobility and independence, and live long healthy lives.