Year Ten student Logan B, recently joined our Secondary Campus. Logan has a condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and would like to share some information on the disease to raise awareness in the hope that a cure can be found.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscle disease of childhood. One in every 3,500 newborn boys have Duchenne. It also affects girls very rarely (approximately 1 in 50 million girls). It occurs across all races and cultures. Tomorrow, Thursday 7 September is World Duchenne Awareness Day. This date (seventh day of the ninth month) symbolises the number of exons (pieces) in the dystrophin gene.
Symptoms of Duchenne usually appear between ages two and five years and may include difficulty in: running, jumping, climbing and rising from the floor, frequent falls, enlarged calf muscles, toe walking and delays in language development. The first muscles affected are those around the hips and upper thigh. Weakness gradually progresses to include all the muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles), the muscles used for breathing and the heart.
If you would like to know more about DMD or help fundraise for a cure, please click on the link www.saveoursons.org.au