Artists joined forces for a unique fundraising art exhibit supporting the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and their siblings. The exhibit taking place May 30 to June 1 will be presented by Walking to End Duchenne, Inc. and will benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Inc. (PPMD), the largest U.S. nonprofit organization leading the fight against DMD.
DMD is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in early childhood with about 20,000 new cases each year. It is caused by a mutated gene found on the X-chromosome that encodes for dystrophin, a protein that helps maintain the structure of muscle cells. It will usually impair the ability to walk leading children ages 8 to 10 to need a wheelchair. By their late teens, they will lose upper body strength including the use of their arms and will eventually need a respirator to help them breathe. Young Duchenne patients are expected to live into their early thirties.