Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD)

Senior Sarah Swanson’s connection with PPMD started more than five years ago when a close family friend was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In only a few short years he will be confined to a wheelchair and is expected to live only into his mid-20s. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects over one in every 3,500 males. PPMD is the largest non-profit organization in the nation solely dedicated to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. While there is currently no cure for Duchenne, the organization is beginning to fund clinical therapy trials. Funds raised by Suffield Academy will support intravenous injections of microdystrophin delivered to the skeletal and cardiac muscles that aim to stop muscular degeneration. PPMD aims to extend the life of all boys suffering from Duchenne.

The Suffield Academy community is proud to support Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy as our 2017-2018 schoolwide charity through a series of fundraisers including the Color Wars, the Coach to Cure MD football game, telethon and charity week. Donations of any amount to help us reach our goal of $50,000 would be greatly appreciated. $50,000 will fund the treatment of one patient with one of the very first gene therapy trials approved for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is our hope that this gene therapy program will stop the progression of a debilitating Duchenne muscular dystrophy diagnosis and transform future treatments. Let's make history. Let's end Duchenne.


Color war


PAINT SOLD: Close to 1,200 packs—each @ 70 grams
PAINT THROWN: Approximately 84,000 grams


Thank you so much for the great support we showed as a school during the 11.11.17 Varsity Football game against Loomis Chaffee. We have now raised a total of $7,880—lets hit $50,000 and fund a gene therapy trial!
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