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Matthew Paterson Elementary Raises Awareness Of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Staffers at Matthew Paterson Elementary School raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Photo Credit: Carmel Central School District
Staffers at Matthew Paterson Elementary School raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Photo Credit: Carmel Central School District

PATTERSON, N.Y. -- The staff students at Matthew Paterson host "Duchenne Awareness Day" on the last Monday of each month to raise funds for the disease and show support for one of their own at the Patterson school.

Jessica Curran, a first grade teacher at Matthew Paterson Elementary School, found out in April 2015 that their son Conner has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. 

The fatal genetic disorder was evident when the twin failed to hit milestones his brother reached. He was confirmed with a diagnosis in April 2015 at the age of 4.

To show support, the school wear red t-shirts with the term "End Duchenne." These efforts have helped raise funds for research.

One in 3500 boys suffer from the disorder that stems from the Duchenne gene. 

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