For the last 9 years, the Greiner family has been supporting PPMD’s mission to end Duchenne by hosting Miles for Matthew, a 5K and 10K DIY Race in Greensboro, North Carolina. To date, the Greiners have raised over $160,000 with nearly 3,000 participants pounding the pavement in honor of Matthew, who lives with Duchenne. On Saturday, September 29, the family will host the 10th anniversary of this fantastic community event.
“Matthew is an amazing 12-year-old boy who loves reading, history, animals, and sports – especially football and the Carolina Panthers. To see the outpouring of support from this community year after year, and to watch that support continue to grow has been overwhelming for Matthew, me, and my husband Bobby,” said Allison Greiner, Matthew’s mother. “He is curious, brave, determined, and has the most infectious laugh. He also happens to have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that has never defined him or our family. And as of today, Duchenne has not put too many limits on him. We want to keep it that way. Which is why we created Miles for Matthew and chose to support Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the incredible work they are doing for all people with Duchenne.”
Matthew has participated in two clinical trials, in the hopes that these therapies will be a potential treatment for Duchenne. He has two siblings, Owen and Mackenzie. The Greiners have hosted a variety of fundraising events since Matthew was diagnosed and Allison serves as a Connect Coordinator for PPMD, providing outreach to families in the North Carolina area affected by Duchenne.
“The Greiners are one of those ‘roll up your sleeves and get the job done’ kind of families. Since we met them a decade ago, they have been leaders in the fight to end Duchenne in their community. We congratulate them on this milestone event and the incredible success of Miles for Matthew, and thank them for their tireless energy and determination. They are part of the PPMD family and we are lucky to have them,” said Pat Furlong, Founding President & CEO of PPMD.
JOIN THE FUN
It’s not too late to join the fun! Register for Miles for Matthew or contribute to the fundraising effort by visiting their website.
CREATE YOUR YOU OWN DIY RACE EVENT
You too can join the fight to end Duchenne! Reach out to the PPMD team so we can help you create your personalized DIY Race event for your community!