June 15, 2018 / Community,DIY Fundraising

Jumping Jack Events to End Duchenne Turns 15

For 15 years, the Knight family of Westminster, Colorado has been supporting PPMD’s mission by hosting their annual Jumping Jack Events every June for 15 years now! Named after their son, 17-year—old Jack Knight, Jumping Jack Events started as an annual golf tournament and quickly blossomed into a full day of fundraising activities, including a wine tasting, dinner, and silent auction, raising over $500,000 for PPMD.

The Knights, along with a team of local volunteers, have created a mainstay DIY Fundraising to End Duchenne event in their community that promises a combination of fun and meaning. “Jumping Jack has become a tradition in this community with people from around the state joining us for fun. Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and neighbors, and every year we surpass our fundraising goal. This event is successful because of the wonderful members of this community who come together, year after year, to raise money to support critical Duchenne research for not only Jack, but all people fighting this devastating disease. I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 15 years!” says Angela Knight, mother to Jack who lives with Duchenne.

“For 15 years, the Knight family and their amazing friends and family have inspired and motivated the Duchenne community by selflessly raising money and awareness for the fight to end Duchenne. We cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support and we feel blessed to have them in the PPMD family,” said Pat Furlong, Founding President & CEO of PPMD.

The Knights have been actively fundraising and advocating for PPMD, since Jack was diagnosed in 2003 at age two. Not only do they host Jumping Jack, but they have participated in several fundraising marathons through PPMD’s Race to End Duchenne program, worked in their local community with generous businesses to host various fundraisers, attended Congressional testimony, and participate actively in national conferences to drive awareness, fund research, and end Duchenne.

“When we received Jack’s diagnosis,” says Angela, “Darrell and I were in shock, like most parents. But we knew we couldn’t let the shock overtake us – we had to take action, we had to join the fight. This is a family affair that includes our older son Robert and every distant relative we could reach. We will continue to raise money and awareness to help this entire community. No one should have to face a Duchenne diagnosis and like PPMD, we believe that together we will end Duchenne.”

Join the Fun

It’s not too late to join the fun! Register for the 15th Annual Jumping Jack Golf Tournament on June 18 at Legacy Ridge Golf Course.

Create Your You Own DIY Fundraising Event

You too can join the fight to end Duchenne! Reach out to the PPMD team so we can help you create your personalized event for your community!

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