Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscle disease of childhood. One in every 3,500 newborn boys have Duchenne. Very rarely it also affects girls (approximately 1 in 50 million girls). It occurs across all races and cultures.
Symptoms of Duchenne usually appear between ages two and five years and may include difficulty: 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.
Duchenne Foundation provides support to families living with Duchenne, raises community awareness and vital funds to support quality of life issues. Through fundraising, both scientists and specialists in the field of Duchenne research across Australia, can continue to search for the “elusive cure” and the therapies which will prolong our children’s strength, quality of life and mobility.