2001 was an unforgettable year for the Cua family, currently residing in several parts of New Jersey and in Houston, Texas. The year was particularly difficult for Nicole and Patrick Cua. After noticing a chronic limp in both of them, my brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Grace Cua, were sadly given the news of both Nicole and Patrick being diagonosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD), primarily a disorder of voluntary muscles used to move the limbs, neck, hip, shoulders, trunk and other parts of the body. Over time, the muscles weaken and lead to limited mobility and an inability to raise the arms above the shoulders. In other words, my niece and nephew's muscles in their hips and shoulders die out rapidly over time. Their condition was only worsened (mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) when months after their diagnosis, the attacks of 9/11 began, taking their mother, my sister-in-law, away from them forever.
When I look at my niece and nephew, I see their fighting sprit, and our family knows that they can overcome these handicaps and eventually receive a cure. We now have secured faith and hope in the both of them.
So we ask all of you to help us cross the Muscle Walk finish line and FINISH STRONG for Nicole and Patrick! Each step we walk and each dollar we raise is a step towards Nicole and Patrick growing stronger and closer to that cure.
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