Posted on October 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM
Monday, Oct 28 at 12:01 AM
Duchenne is a type of Muscular Dystrophy disorder that primarily affects male children and at the moment is 100% fatal because there is no cure. Cadillac is honored to help spread awareness about Duchenne through Team Escalade: Team CureDuchenne. Team Duchenne is compiled of some of the best male athletes known in Texas, a great team to support Duchenne. Darryl Johnston, Rocket Ismail, and Dan Pastorini are teamed up with KLUV’s Jody Dean and KILT-FM Greg Thunder to bring the victory to Team CureDuchenne.
First Team Member Cure Duchenne
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood, a genetic disease that causes muscles to die and not regenerate. Symptoms usually appear in male children before the age of 5 because the gene fault that causes DMD is found on the “X” chromosome. DMD affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys and each year, around 20,000 children worldwide are born with DMD. Many will not survive their teenage years; this disorder knows no ethnic or social boundaries.
Cure Duchenne brings a different perspective to DMD research. DMD is an “orphan” disease meaning that pharmaceutical companies do not invest in bringing cures to market because the number of potential patients does not make it profitable enough. Despite the disease’s devastating impact on those affected, Duchenne research is severely under-funded. Many diseases that affect a smaller number of patients than Duchenne receive more in funding. For example, The National Institutes of Health indicate that Pediatric AIDS received $262 million for research in 2007. Duchenne, by comparison, received only $23 million despite affecting more individuals than Pediatric AIDS. In spite of far too little funding for this fatal disease, several research projects are yielding initial success in laboratory animals and now in human patients. The potential exists to make a marked difference in the quality of life in Duchenne patients, perhaps even curing this destructive disease affecting thousands of boys and their families.
The funds CureDuchenne raises support the most promising research projects aimed at treating and curing the disease with help from it’s distinguished panel of Scientific Advisors from around the world. To date, six research projects have made their way into human clinical trials with support from CureDuchenne. This accelerated push to move research from the lab into clinical trials could save the lives of those afflicted and halt progress of the disease. Very few health-related nonprofits are as successful in being a catalyst for human clinical trials. CureDuchenne works tirelessly to bring awareness to the disease through extensive outreach, promotions and celebrity endorsements.
Celebrity Team Members:
Daryl Johnston is nicknamed “Moose” by former teammate Babe Laufenberg, Johnston became a full-time starter in 1991, was a key member of the Cowboys’ Three Super Bowl winning teams (1993, 1994 and 1996) and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1993 and 1994 ). He currently is a color analyst for Fox Sports.
Rocket Ismail is a graduate of Notre Dame, Raghib Ismail was named to the Top 100 Greatest College Football Players of All Time. Nicknamed Rocket for his ability to quickly take off made him an effective receiver in the CFL and the NFL. In 1999 he signed with the Dallas Cowboys and recorded a career-high 1,097 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Dan Pastorini was drafted in the first round of the 1971 draft out of Santa Clara by the Houston Oilers, Pastorini was known throughout his career as a “tough quarterback”, as he missed only 5 regular season games in his career. In 1975 he was named to the AFC Pro Bowl Team and was a part of the 1981 Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XV champions team.
KLUV’s Jody Dean:
Jody Dean is KLUV’s morning host, an American journalist, author, and a member to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Dean has received several awards including an Emmy and was names “Best Talk Show Host” by the Dallas Business Journal. Most recently you might see Dean on Bravo’s TV’s Dallas Most Eligible.
KILT’s Greg Thunder:
Greg Thunder came to Houston from his No. 1-rated morning show at KS-95 in Minneapolis. He has worked across multiple formats at the likes of KMPS Seattle, KDWB Minneapolis, KALC Denver, WQHT New York and WPLJ New York. He and his wife are incredibly excited to call Houston their home. Greg possess a wealth of major market competitive experience and is a dedicated professional.
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