Every year on September 7, the community comes together to recognize World Duchenne Awareness Day to raise the world's awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy as we work toward effective treatment and cures for the disease. Duchenne is a progressive, muscle-wasting disease that is recognized on September 7th because of the 79 exons, or building blocks, that make up the Duchenne gene known as dystrophin.
Duchenne can be genetic or spontaneous, but primarily affects boys. Boys with Duchenne do not produce dystrophin, causing them to progressively lose muscle over time. Boys diagnosed with Duchenne typically begin losing ambulation by their early teens and have shortened life expectancies without intervention. Right now, there is no cure for Duchenne.
Cure Rare Disease develops customized therapeutics for individual patients living with Duchenne. We are reimagining the drug development process for Duchenne and so many other rare, genetic diseases.
To celebrate World Duchenne Awareness Day this year, Cure Rare disease invites the community to come together to color the community that makes up Cure Rare Disease - from our incredible patient famillies to our innovative scientists.