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About Duchenne/Us

About Duchenne MD

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the leading genetic killer of young boys affecting approximately 1 in every 5,000 live male births. Currently, there is no cure and treatments are severely lacking to treat this debilitating disease that robs our boys of the ability to run, jump, ride a bike, or play sports. Muscle weakness begins around age 3-6, and children are usually confined to a wheelchair by the age of 10-12. Eventually, the heart and lung muscles weaken, causing death by age 25.  Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys. On September 19, 2016, the FDA approved the first ever treatment for Duchenne, which will treat 13% of DMD sufferers, because it is mutation specific.  We remain dedicated to funding treatments that will help ALL boys with Duchenne.

About the Little Hercules Foundation


Kelly and Dawn

The Little Hercules Foundation was founded by three moms, two of which have sons living with Duchenne MD. We are working hard to raise money to fund groundbreaking research that will save this current generation of boys. We raise funds primarily through fun, event-based fundraising. Please visit our Events page to see what we’re up to. We’d love for you to join us in the fight to end this horrible disease.

The Little Hercules Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Dublin, Ohio. We are the only Ohio based charity providing research funding toward Duchenne treatments and/or cures.

Click here for a copy of our tax exempt certification from the IRS: IRS Tax Exempt Approval Ltr

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