William Calvert loves superheroes and playing with his friends, just like other children his age. However, in December 2015 William’s family where given a diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy which sets William apart from his hero loving friends.
Williams parents, Caroline and Robert, had noticed that when William started walking he waddled slight as his left foot turned inwards – but that was not what led them to their diagnosis. His parents tell the story of his diagnosis:
It was actually a lump in his neck that led to blood tests that gave us the result of the condition. We had made an appointment about his walk but never got to it as we got the blood results first. over 2 months William was having tests for the unusual lump on his neck. The first results showed his liver enzymes were 16 times too high. After several more examinations, urine and blood tests we were told his muscle enzymes were 25,000 when they should only be 300. This led to the news of muscular dystorphy, we then had more tests to confirm it was Duchenne. We found out on Friday 18 December 2015, at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.
Although the diagnosis is incredibly recent, the family and their community have already got involved in fundraising in the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund. They have lots of ideas for fundraising in 2016, including runs, charity parties and a fun day.
We are devastated, and feel helpless. As though we are now scared for the future that we were so very excited for. Our son’s future has been taken away from him. We are positive people with a great support network. We feel raising money for research is all we can do right now to give us hope.
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 I’m in for Will, is a great way to fundraise for Muscular Dystrophy UK to keep our vital research moving forward. Find out more about our Family Funds.