On 21 October 2013 Archie Armsden was born, and his parents were overjoyed. Like every parent, they worried throughout pregnancy, but after a difficult labour and against all odds Archie was a strong and healthy little boy.

However, after some delays in Archie reaching mile stones, they took him to a doctor. His parents describe what happened:

In August 2015 our lives changed forever. Archie had been considered a late walker and was referred to the hospital for an assessment. The consultant and physio were both happy with Archie’s progress since taking his first steps but carried out a blood test to rule out an iron deficiency.

Archie never complained during the blood test and we still have his certificate pinned to the fridge for being so brave. The next night we received a phone call telling us to take Archie to the hospital urgently because the blood test results indicated a very serious condition. We learnt that the CK levels in the blood were at 37,000, a level which would normally be well under 2000. After 3 days at the hospital, we as parents heard the worst news possible. On the 25 August our beautiful Archie was diagnosed with Duchenne at the age of one.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a rare muscle wasting condition mainly affecting boys. It means that Archie cannot produce the protein dystrophin and will lose the ability to use the muscles in his body. Symptoms can start from between the age of 2 and 3 and causes premature death.

Our son is now two and overtime will lose his ability walk, he will no longer be able to use his arms to carry out everyday tasks and due to weak bones, will develop painful skeletal deformities. All of the muscles in the body are affected including the heart and lungs and the damage will eventually be fatal. 

There is currently no cure for Duchenne and children as young as 5 have lost their battle to this condition.

The last 5 months have been a blur, we have cried more than we ever thought possible and felt heartache like never before, but we have now dried our tears and picked ourselves up. We know that we have to fight for our brave little boy.

Archie has never complained throughout the numerous blood tests, scans, ECG’s or meetings with doctors at the hospitals and has remained the happiest 2 year old we all know and love.

Archie’s Army want to raise as much as possible for Muscular Dystrophy UK who supports high quality research to find effective treatments and cures, in the hope that a cure is found because losing our son is not an option.

 Donating to this charity will really make a difference to their lives.

How you can help

Muscular Dystrophy UK has been supporting families affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy since 1959 funding research to find a treatment for this condition. With your help we can continue to fund research which could improve the lives of individuals living with this condition.

Setting up a family fund, like Archie’s Army is a great way to fundraise for Muscular Dystrophy UK to keep our vital research moving forward. Find out more about our Family Funds.

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