Ethan’s family continues march for a cure

The Muscular Dystrophy Association along with the LyBrand family invites the residents of Morgan County and the surrounding communities to join us as we March one step closer to a cure. The sixth annual Ethan LyBrand March to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be held on Sat., Aug. 27, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Delano Park.

Ethan LyBrand is the seven-year-old son of Josh and Jordan (Cantrell) LyBrand and grandson of Jimmy and Rita Cantrell and Cecil and Kim Chaney, all of Decaturand Earl and Marie LyBrand of Boaz. Ethan’s mon, Jordan is a guidance counselor at Hartselle High School and his dad Josh, is a teacher for Athens City Schools.

Days before his second birthday, Decatur resident Ethan was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative muscular disease that strikes 1 in 3500 children. Statistically a child diagnosed with DMD would be wheelchair dependent by age ten and would rarely live past late teens or early twenties. Recently, great strides have been made toward finding a cure for this form of MD, but much more research is necessary to reach that goal. Since his diagnosis, The Ethan LyBrand March has been an annual fundraising event in Decatur benefiting The Muscular Dystrophy Association.

MDA’s mission is to enable individuals and families who are fighting muscle disease to live longer and grow stronger through providing vital resources including: clinic visits, medical durable equipment repairs, support groups, worldwide research and a week long summer camp for kids. Funds raised through Ethan’s March are allocated to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. The March enables the community to rally around Ethan, his family, friends, and other MDA families as we march closer to a cure.

Please consider joining “Team Ethan” as a corporate sponsor and join us as we march to cure Muscular Dystrophy. All donations are tax deductible and every dollar helps in MDA’s mission to help individuals and families live longer and grow stronger. We are closer to the cure for DMD with every step.

This year Ethan is the 2016 Alabama Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. The goal is to make this year the biggest March ever.

The event includes activities for the entire family including games, food, drinks, raffles and prizes, followed by a mile long “march for a cure”. All proceeds will go to MDA in Ethan’s name to fund further research to find a cure for DMD and ultimately save Ethan’s life. Participation from businesses in our area is vital to the success of this event.  The family asks that businesses please consider joining “Team Ethan” as a corporate sponsor and join them as they march to cure Muscular Dystrophy.

For more information or to pre-register visit: www.mdaevent.org/EthansMarch2016 or email kshivers@mdausa.org.

 

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