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Letter: Appreciates DMD fight

Dear Editor,

Words cannot begin to explain the heart felt gratitude we have for the Hudson Fire Department and the firefighters and their family members who volunteered their time to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This last weekend, eight firefighters spent six hours in downtown Hudson and raised over $2,600 for the families living in the Hudson area that are living with muscular dystrophy.

In 2012, our only son Logan was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a progressive muscle disease that affects one in every 3,500 boys. These boys are born with little or no dystrophin, a protein in the body that is required by our muscles to remain flexible with continued use. On average, boys born with DMD are in a wheelchair by age 11, and rarely reach their 30th birthday. There is no treatment for this disease and there is no known cure. While we are being forced to come to terms with our son’s diagnosis, we are not giving him up without a fight.

We have hope for our son and all of the boys living with muscular dystrophy because we believe we are closer than ever to a cure. The science is here - the only thing standing between the science and finding a cure is money. This last weekend, eight people we had never met, chose to spend six hours asking for money to help the families in Hudson. The money they raised will go to help these families with medical bills, medical equipment, MDA Summer Camp, and most importantly - research to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

While this letter is insignificant in comparison to their act, we want to thank the entire Hudson Fire Department and their families, as well as the residents of Hudson and the surrounding areas that gave so generously during the two days of this event.