Team Captain Laura Mika will run a half marathon in honor of Liam. Laura enjoys running. She wanted to raise money to help a very special friend. Please support this cause with your donon.because it is too heavy. He requires a wheelchair lift. Liam is not able to walk any longer. He is a growing boy. At 10 years old he is too heavy for his parents to lift in and out of the car safely. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are extremely expensive due to modifications made to the vehicle
Liam has a disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects around 1 in 3,600 males, which results in muscle degeneration and eventual death. Liam's parents noticed a muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis associated with a loss of muscle mass. Liam lost his ability to walk at age 10.
Eventually this weakness will spread to his arms, neck, and other areas. Later symptoms may include abnormal bone development that lead to skeletal deformities, including curvature of the spine. Due to progressive deterioration of muscle, loss of movement occurs, eventually leading to paralysis. The average life expectancy for individuals afflicted with DMD is around 25.
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