"We hope with the research being done all over the world we can spare parents in the future of the news we received."


In January of 2009 our only two sons were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy(DMD) at the ages of 5 and 2. DMD is a horrible disease that is fatal 100% of the time with no current cure. This disease affects 1 in 3500 boys born each year with no ethnic or geographical boundaries. When we received the news it was the most overwhelming and unbelievable time a parent could face.

The first year was full of doctor appointment’s, disbelief and a foggy understanding of why us. Then we decided to start a foundation to fund research so a cure can be found. We hope with the research being done all over the world we can spare parents in the future of the news we received.


Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital


In order to start a research department at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and we need your help in raising $500,000. We are currently raising money to initiate the research so one day a cure can be found for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. If our foundation is a success the foundation will be eliminated and DMD kids will live a long and healthy life. Please join us while we fight for a cure for DMD.

FightDMD is supporting Vanderbilt in their efforts to improve care, advance cardiomyopathy research, and educate the primary care physicians and patients about Duchenne. Early 2018 we have pledged another  $40,000 towards research, so far we have committed $250,000 to research at Vanderbilt with plans to continue working towards $500,000. 


Research Funded by Fight DMD

We are glad to share the research your efforts have contributed too.


Evaluation of Echocardiographic Measures of Left Ventricular Function       


Plasmin Prevents Dystrophic Calcification after Muscle Injury.

GRMD cardiac and skeletal muscle metabolism gene profiles are distinct


Does Body Mass Index Predict Premature Cardiomyopathy Onset for DMD?

Increased myocardial native T1 and extracellular volume in patients with DMD


Synthetic hematocrit derived from the longitudinal relaxation of blood can...

Increased Number of Circulating CD8/CD26 T Cells in the Blood of DMD Patients...


Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt DMD Research Focus

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt DMD Research Funding


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‘Molescular Scalpel’ Offers Hope in Muscular Dystrophy Fight

by Tom Henderson

A “molecular scalpel” could help children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The gene for the protein dystrophin is damaged in people with the affliction, but the BBC in London reports a drug given to 19 children used a microscopic chemical “scalpel” to remove the damage and restore dystrophin production.

Leaders of Britain’s Muscular Dystrophy Campaign tell the BBC the new drug offers “real hope” for victims of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects one in every 3,500 newborn boys.

The disease causes muscles to waste away rapidly through the victim’s life, confining many children to wheelchairs before their 10th birthdays. The condition can fatal before the age of 30.

The BBC reports the instructions for making a protein are in the genetic code. However, those instructions can get garbled. Scientists have used stem cell and gene therapy research to find ways to introduce a functional dystrophin gene.

In this latest study, researchers tried to do the best they could with the damaged code. Researchers at the Institute of Child Health at University College London injected tailored pieces of antisense RNA to remove a piece of the genetic code allowing it to be matched up either side of the mutation.

In the trial, seven out of the 19 children had some degree of dystrophin protein production restored.

“The best result was 20 percent of normal dystrophin levels,” lead researcher Francesco Muntoni tells the BBC. “That is quite remarkable considering the study was for 12 weeks.

“I’ve worked with patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy for many years and this is the first time we can say with confidence that we’ve made a significant breakthrough towards finding a targeted treatment.”

However, he adds that the treatment was tailored to a specific mutation. It could not benefit everyone. He estimates only 13 percent of patients could be helped.

Nonetheless, Marita Pohlschmidt, director of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, tells the BBC the study is “quite a big deal.”

“If we can change severe symptoms in Duchenne into something milder, that would be fantastic,” she says. “We have fought to find a treatment for this devastating condition for the past 50 years. Today, we can say with real confidence that we’re going to win that battle. Parents of these boys can have real hope for the future.”

Exon Skipping

Exon skipping is currently one of the most promising therapeutic approaches for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Using antisense oligonucleotides targeting specific exons the DMD reading frame is restored and partially functional dystrophins are produced.

Following proof of concept in cultured muscle cells from patients with various deletions and point mutations, we now focus on single and multiple exon duplications. These mutations are in principle ideal targets for this approach since the specific skipping of duplicated exons would generate original, full-length transcripts. 

As you will see in this powerpoint presentation the first slide will show the exons missing from 2 brothers (45 – 52)then the second slide will show the exon (53)that will have to be deleted in order to skip over to the necessary exons to conversate scientifically and make this work.

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