In early December, we asked you to help PPMD raise $400,000 for combination therapies an innovative approach to treating Duchenne. It was an ambitious goal for an ambitious project.
And, thanks to you, we did it! In fact, we surpassed it, raising more than $430,000. We call on you every holiday season, and every year, you amaze us with your generosity. We can’t thank you enough.
We also offer special thanks to Cure Dale’s Duchenne and Rally for Ryan, the two foundations that stepped forward to match every dollar donated to this year’s campaign. It was the most generous matching gift in our history, and we’re thrilled that it was in support of combination therapies, which is a powerful way forward in our fight to end Duchenne.
Your support gets us especially excited to roll up our sleeves and put this money to work on moving combination therapies closer to a reality.
This new year holds so much promise for our community. We’re already looking forward to our Advocacy Conference in February, Connect Conference in June, and our ongoing series of webinars on topics you care about most.
We are also thrilled to welcome John Porter, PhD, to join me in leading PPMD. As a former Program Director at the NIH/NINDS, John has been a long time friend to this community and brings with him years of experience working in rare disease research. John delivers the ability to integrate programs to maximize impact. My role is to ensure that we continue to be aggressive, nimble, focused—taking advantage of every opportunity to end Duchenne. Our community is lucky that he will be devoting this next chapter in his life to Duchenne, and PPMD is truly blessed to have him on our team.
At PPMD, we are looking at 2015 as a historical year already, and it is just getting underway. As a community, we stumble and we stall, no doubt about it. But our strength lies in our resilience and in our dedication to our children. Our strength lies in our ability to get up over and over again, stronger every time. Our strength lies in you.
Thank you for supporting PPMD. Strength happens together. And together, we will end Duchenne.
Happy New Year!