Hope for Javier: Fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Chef Mark Spiegel caters a special dinner to provide hope in finding a cure for Javier’s disease.

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By Video Journalist Alyssa Koncelik

Friends and family hold a fundraiser for 5-year-old Javier, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  The event was organized by Jennifer Portnoy, Javier's mother, who aims to find a cure in his lifetime.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children around the world.  Children with DMD cannot produce dystrophin, a protein necessary for muscle strength and function.  As a result, every skeletal muscle in the body deteriorates.  Although Duchenne is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children, there is no cure.

Featured Interviews: Nicole Mancini, Friend of Javier; Jennifer Portnoy, Javier's Mother; Ricardo Romero, Javier's Father; Ruth Shalom, Javier's Grandmother; Mark Spiegel, Friend of Javier; Alex Romero, Javier's Uncle; Marie O'Mara, Friend of Javier

For more information visit www.HopeForJavier.org

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