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Over 70 running marathon next week to raise €250,000 for Our Boys

Leitrim Observer reporter

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Our Boys - Brothers Archie, George and Isaac with Sadie.

More than 70 walkers and runners from across the country will tog out in next week’s Dublin Marathon to raise €250,000 in support of three Roscommon-based brothers suffering from the rare and fatal disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, among them 11-year old Archie himself. 

The monies collected will go towards financing a dedicated clinic for the boys, as well as towards funding research into a cure for the disease.   

Brothers Archie, George and Isaac (7-year old twins) all suffer from the progressive neuromuscular disease that destroys muscle tissue and is currently fatal. Affecting approximately 110 boys in Ireland, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) causes them to be wheelchair bound, usually between 8 to 12 years of age, and leaves them fighting for their lives by their late teens to early twenties.

DMD is caused by the break up and death of muscle tissue through a lack of  a  protein called dystrophin, which leads to severe muscle wasting and premature

Archie, who is at the stage where he has to crawl up the stairs to go to bed, will take on the marathon in a running buggy, supported by five experienced runners who make up Team Archie. His story features among the videos created by sponsor SSE Airtricity for the Marathon (https://www.facebook.com/dubl inmarathon/videos/101558095056

Parents Paula and Padraic Naughton set up the Our Boys Trust in 2014 as a community initiative to support their young sons and fellow DMD sufferers. Paula, who is among those running next week, says “I look at my son and he is completing a marathon every day. Just to get off the floor. Just to walk. Just to do what we take for

“To be told that one of your children has a fatal disease, with no treatment or cure is devastating. To be told your three children have a fatal disease with no treatment or cure is beyond comprehension; it is beyond words. Funds are required to look after their practical needs, but ultimately we want to find a cure for this disease in the hope that it might save our boys’

Alongside financing research into the disease, the monies raised will assist with the construction of a specially equipped HSE-approved “house clinic” for the brothers, which will to be owned and managed by the Trust. Work is scheduled to commence on the facility by the end of this year.

Donations can be made at https://www.idonate.ie/fund raiser/11366300_team-archie-fu ndraising-page.html or viawww.joinourboys.org