TIGERS STARTING PITCHER RICK PORCELLO AND TEAM JOSEPH BAND TOGETHER TO STRIKE OUT DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher Rick Porcello and Team Joseph are teaming up for the third consecutive year to “Strike Out Duchenne.” The online fundraising campaign, hosted at www.crowdrise.com/StrikeOutDuchenne2014 is dedicated to funding medical research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Between Aug. 1 – Sept. 12, 2014, Porcello will match each dollar donated up to $20,000. Additionally, the top five fundraisers will receive two tickets to a 2014 Detroit Tigers regular season game, including an opportunity to participate in an on-field check presentation with Porcello at Comerica Park. The online effort is being supported by the innovative Royal Oak-based CrowdRise philanthropic community.
“The dedication Rick has shown to support our cause is incredible and heartwarming,” said Marissa Penrod, Team Joseph founder and CEO. “Whether in baseball or in defeating Duchenne, it takes a team to achieve our goals. I have more real hope that we can help this generation of children battling Duchenne, including my own Joseph, because of the continuing, unwavering support of such an amazing person as Rick.”
“No one should ever take the physical abilities they are blessed with for granted,” said Porcello. “These boys who never let Duchenne define them are my inspiration to always be my best, both on and off the field. It’s an honor to do my part to help find a treatment for such a devastating disease.”
Donations can be made by individuals and through a team approach, which leverages online friends. A range of giving incentives include autographed photos and baseballs. Additionally, all donors and fundraisers will be put in a drawing to win a signed Porcello jersey.
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. Ninety-nine 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.
About Team Joseph:
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.