Money is being raised to buy a family van for two brothers with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Brian and Alexis Arellano, 13 and 10, are two brothers who have both been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, it is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy.
“My son Brian was diagnosed at age 5,” said their mother, Elizabeth Contreras. “He could not walk well and the teachers recommended I take him to the doctor. That is when we got the diagnosis.”
Contreras said that is when they examined her other son, Alexis, and he was also diagnosed with DMD as well.
“The symptoms appear before the age of 6,” Contreras said. “The weakness starts in the legs and pelvis, then the neck and other areas of the motor skills (running, jogging, jumping), frequent falls, difficult to get up or climb stairs, difficulty breathing, fatigue, swollen feet due to the weakness of the cardiac muscle, losing physical strength and causing them to be in a wheelchair.”
Contreras said her oldest son no longer is able to walk and the youngest one will soon be in the same boat.
“The average lifespan for those diagnosed with DMD is about 20 years, and, in most cases, they need help with basic care such as bathing, dressing, etc.,” she said.
The family is trying to raise money for a van able to accommodate the children. To achieve this, they have started a Paypal account, where those who feel compelled can donate.
The Paypal account is under the name of the children’s father, Jeremy Wilkerson, and can be found by clicking here: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8cbKpT59Ts.