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Help fund a cure for muscular dystrophy

Dear Editor,

When I first noticed I had a problem with my feet, it was in about the seventh grade. While walking to school I found it was easier to walk with my one foot going up the side of the angled sidewalk. I had been somewhat athletic to that point, but had noticed that there were some peculiarities in the way that I ran and even walked.

I few years later I found that my feet and ankles were weak and there seemed to be a wasting in my legs and hands. I had become a musician by then and the hands concerned me the most. Sports in school had been pretty much eliminated. Even in P.E. class I had difficulty with the teachers and was unable to perform the activities required. Instead of realizing there was some sort of problem, their typical response was punishment and discipline.

It took a couple more years and travels across the country to actually find out what was wrong with me. I was finally diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. There are more than 43 types of muscular dystrophy. Mine is called Charcotte, Marie and Toothe disease, after the three doctors who discovered it.

I have been lucky and never had to spend much time in a wheelchair and have always been fairly functional. Not everyone else is. Many of the variations of the disease are devastating.

My disease is hereditary and at this time, incurable. You can imagine the fear when I first found out I was going to have a child. Now knowing more about the disease and its genetics, I still have tremendous concerns.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association does help people locally. After a recent foot surgery, MDA furnished me with a wheelchair to use while I recovered.

We need to find a cure to this devastating disease, and we need to donate to help that happen. A fund-raiser for MDA is planned for today at the Bayou restaurant in West Glenwood. If no one has approached you for a donation, you can drop by the Bayou to make a donation.

Someone looking for a cure.

Garry L. Buzick

Glenwood Springs

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