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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Heroes’ Hyde Homecoming
Wednesday 21st October 2015 @ 15:07 by Tom Greggan
Community Hyde News

We hear many stories regarding local heroes who go the extra mile at work or in their community to help make life a little more bearable for those less fortunate.

At the top of that list are the men and women from Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service Hyde Station who consistently prove that as well as being involved in a number high profile fire and rescue incidents, the public-spirited team members of Hyde Fire Station certainly prove the point that: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

This week we are proud to feature the guys from White Watch who attended the homecoming of the DMD Heroes who are a group of friends (including some Duchenne Dads) travelling the country, undertaking challenges and raising vital funds and awareness for Duchenne Now- while dressed as Super Heroes!

The ‘Welcome Home’ fun day event took place at The Harehill Tavern, in Hyde. White Watch Crew manager Oliver Atkinson, explained: “Every year in the UK around 100 boys are diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Most lose their ability to walk between the ages of 10 and 14 years.

“They will eventually become paralysed and many lost their lives by their late twenties. Although this cruel disease is incurable, new treatments to slow down disease progression offer vital hope to families.”

All the members of the town’s GMFRS crews to their utmost in support of charities and local appeals which makes a real difference at the heart of our communities.

Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy is a condition which causes muscle weakness. It starts in childhood and may be noticed when a child has difficulty standing up, climbing or running. It is a generic condition and can be inherited. It usually affects only boys, although girls may carry the Duchenne gene and symptoms.

Those living with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy should have regular check-ups and physiotherapy from childhood and are likely to need increasing help and treatments from about the age of nine years of age.