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Sunday, November 16, 2008

"Change for Jared" One good deed at a time, we can change the world!

Please keep Jared and the entire Sweet Family in your prayers.
Jared and I

On Friday Nov. 14th, I had the amazing honor of hosting an assembly for Jared Sweet. Jared is a 7 year old first grader at Murray Lake Elementary School(Lowell Schools) with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Together, with the help of the Lowell HS JV Cheerleaders and The Kids on Jared's Team at Murray Lake Elementary, we had an awesome time. I performed twice and got to introduce Jared and talk to over 450 kids, parents, grandparents, and teachers about Jared and his fight against Muscular Dystrophy in an effort to create awareness and help raise much needed funds for research to find a cure.

Jared, Me, the JV Cheer team and the Kids on Jared's team from Murray Lake Elementary school

He may be small, but Jared is the toughest, strongest and bravest boy I know. He's fighting a horrible terrible mean disease and he needs our help.
I know I can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone and one of my favorite things to do is to use the gifts that I have been given to help others, especially kids like Jared who need our love and support the most - it feels good to do my part and you can too!

If you'd like to help Jared in his fight against muscular dystrophy, ASK ME HOW! Sue Sweet(Jared's mom)"All money raised to help Jared will go to PPMD(Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy) to be used to find a cure because that's what Jared needs most- a cure." The Sweet Family in Blue(Jared in front!) Lowell JV Cheerleaders, and me!

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PPMD is dedicated to funding research, raising awareness, promoting advocacy, connecting the community, and broadening treatment options. PPMD Website:

What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy? Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year). Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys; however, it occurs across all races and cultures. Duchenne results in progressive loss of strength and is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes for dystrophin. Because dystrophin is absent, the muscle cells are easily damaged. The progressive muscle weakness leads to serious medical problems, particularly issues relating to the heart and lungs.

There is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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