What is Team Joseph?

Team Joseph is a non-profit organization whose mission is to aggressively fund cutting edge research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  It is our goal that when a parent hears a diagnosis of Duchenne, it is simply a manageable condition and no longer terrifying news.  Our focus is on rapidly moving basic research into applications that can make a difference for the current generation of boys afflicted with this devastating disease as well as for generations that aren’t even born yet. We are a caring community of motivated people joined together in efforts to give young boys affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy, not only a chance at a better life, but simply a chance at a life.

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The Inspiration

Joseph Penrod was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 5 years old.

Although a diagnosis can be overwhelming, and a disease of this magnitude can begin to define a child, Joseph has led the way with a positive attitude and a love of life. Hope for Joseph and all the other children with Duchenne is fueled by a mom on a mission and an army of committed volunteers who will not quit until the day there is a cure.

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Imagine struggling to climb the steps in your home, never experiencing the joy of running, progressively losing independence and having doctor appointments and hospital visits as a regular part of your routine. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common degenerative genetic muscle disease in boys. As most boys are growing stronger and gaining independence, boys with Duchenne are losing muscle function and mobility.

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How you can help.

“Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” ~Ryunosuke Satoro, Japanese Poet

We can’t always decide the circumstances that we’ve been handed, but we can decide how we handle them. Giving rise to hope through action, Team Joseph works on behalf of all young boys and their families who have been affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We can’t do it alone – we invite you to join the team! Defeating Duchenne together, we will change and save lives.

Become part of the momentum.

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