Harrison's Fund Ltd

Fund Research to Stop Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Harrison's Fund exists to fund the world's best research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a fatal muscle-wasting condition affecting 1 in every 3,500 males born worldwide. We need to slow the progression of Duchenne and stop it taking the lives of so many boys before they can grow into men.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1146662)

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£10,170

Donations

37

Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund

Situation

Harrison's Fund exists to put as much money as possible into the hands of the world's best researchers working to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is a progressive muscle-wasting condition which causes all the muscles in the body to weaken over time. Sadly there is no cure at this time and children diagnosed with the condition need to use a wheelchair by the time they're in their teens and the average life expectancy is just 25 years.

Solution

We fund some of the world's leading research into Duchenne and one such project is working with Dr Keith Foster at Reading University. Dr Foster is creating and testing some promising technologies and medicines which he hopes will improve the function of the heart in patients with Duchenne. Currently, treatments for Duchenne are showing positive results in muscles excluding the heart. It is vital that the heart too is strengthened and Dr Foster's research is showing great promise in this area.