Benefit aims to find cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
ACM Award Nominee Jana Kramer to headline 5th Annual Jammin’ for Joseph
DETROIT- Team Joseph, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, will host its 5th Annual Jammin’ for Joseph benefit concert at the Fillmore Detroit Theatre on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Join 99.5 WYCD emcees Doc, Rachael, Grunwald and Jason, along with Detroit native country sensation Jana Kramer, nominated for the ACM Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year, local favorite Annabelle Road and Mercury Records’ singer/songwriter Canaan Smith with Detroit’s own Larry Callahan & Selected of God choir from the popular Chrysler/ Eminem Superbowl commercial, as they get country strong in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
“Stories like this deserve recognition and deserve to be fought for,” said country star artist Jana Kramer. “Joining the community in support of such a good cause is really rewarding.”
About Duchenne muscular dystrophy:
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a rapidly progressing degenerative genetic muscle disorder, primarily affecting young boys, which causes loss of muscle mobility and function. In fact, 99 percent of the almost 20,000 new cases each year are boys; meaning 1 boy out of every 3,500 will be diagnosed. There currently is no treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
“This is an occasion for individuals, families and friends to join our mission in raising funds for aggressive research toward finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating disease“ said Marissa Penrod, President & CEO of Team Joseph. “We’ll have met our goal the day a parent receives a diagnosis of Duchenne, and it’s simply a manageable condition, not terrifying news.”
About Team Joseph:
When Penrod’s young son Joseph was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2008 – and she was told there is no cure – she immediately sprang into action. Endless hours of research, reading and educating family and friends about Duchenne turned Penrod into an unrelenting advocate in search of a treatment or cure.
Within one year, she founded Team Joseph to raise funds and fuel cutting-edge research. While in search of a cure, current care options aim to maximize quality of life. Gene therapy is a viable option for the future, as is repurposing FDA-approved drugs for use in this disease treatment, with organizations like Team Joseph persisting in the fight. With progress, boys may not only have a chance at a better life, but instead, a chance at life.
Tickets on are sale now and may be purchased through www.livenation.com. All ages are welcome. Main floor general admission (standing) is $20, main floor reserved seating and $30 and $100 for VIP mezzanine seating. VIP tickets include a pre-show champagne reception and strolling dinner. Doors open at 5:30; show begins at 7 p.m.
Detroit’s own Atwater Brewery is the official beer sponsor for the event, other corporate sponsors include: Garden Fresh Gourmet, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Wright & Filippis, Willis of Michigan, Great Lakes Electronics and 99.5 WYCD.
Team Joseph is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to aggressively fund cutting-edge research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Formed around the fight of Joseph Penrod, Team Joseph began with a mom who wouldn’t let her son be defined by his diagnosis, and with the support of family, friends and an army of volunteers, has evolved into the movement it is today. For more information about Team Joseph, visit www.TeamJoseph.info.