Raising Funds to Fuel the Fight for Muscle Health with Gabriela Woodward in mind

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Join me in supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association's mission to fight muscle disease. Together, we are progress!

As a member of the GG Woodward team, I'm training to complete a half-marathon, and I'm making my miles count, bringing help and hope to more than 1 million Americans living with muscle disease and thinking about my granddaughter Gabriela every step of the way.

Gabriela's team includes Elena, Woody's sister Denise and her daughter and me participating in Boston on Sunday, Sept. 14 and supported by Wood, Elian, Gabriela, and Woody's parents along the marathon route, with Tina and Riley walking and running their own half marathon here in Silver Spring in support on the same day.

Gabriela is one of many children and adults with some form of muscle disease.  We are fortunate to have a strong family support system and many dear friends to help us navigate the journey for Gabriela and her family. Each person with a muscle disease has her own journey, but each one's efforts are helped by medical research for muscle disease.

Gabriela is entering second grade next week in the same public neighborhood school as Elian, her fifth grade brother. They adore each other.  He leaps buildings in a single bound; she tires after a 1/2 block walk. He knows every dinosaur and pokemon; she loves Junie B. Jones books and wonders why everyone is always rushing while she savors each step. She wears orthotics and uses a walker now; he races by on his bike or scooter.  And so this family is learning about muscle disease, what it is, how it affects the one with the disease as well as those who are close by. We are all learning that this is real, that this makes a difference, and that now we can help make a difference also -by raising awareness of this disease, by raising money for muscle disease research and family support, and by raising Gabriela and her brother in an environment of love, support, and caring.

With every step Gabriela's team takes, we're advancing MDA's mission to assist families with health care services and day-to-day support, fund research breakthroughs worldwide, and fight back against dozens of life-threatening muscle diseases.

Please join us! Sponsor our effort with a donation - and be sure to find out if your employer offers a matching gift program; it could make your gift go twice as far. Leave the legwork to us, and together we'll move toward a future in which muscle health, not muscle disease, prevails.

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