In many ways Harrison is like other four-year-olds.

He loves to dance and support his football team – Reading! But his parents had noticed that Harrison was having trouble walking upstairs, and was unable to run or jump properly- especially in contrast to his twin brother, Connor, and older sister, Summer. In November 2015, Phil and Julie Loosen were given life-changing news. Their little boy was diagnosed with Becker muscular dystrophy. Harrison was just four years old.

After the diagnosis, Phil and Julie searched online to find what support was out there. The couple came across Muscular Dystrophy UK, and made contact with us. After seeing the support the charity can offer, Phil and Julie wanted to do something positive. They decided to set up a family fund called Hope4Harrison in April 2016, to raise awareness of muscular dystrophy and to fundraise for research into Becker muscular dystrophy.

Since setting up the fund, Hope4Harrison has raised thousands of pounds from a range of events include a six-hour dance-a-thon, a 24-hour static cycle covering 888 miles in total, and a charity football tournament. Harrison’s mother, Julie, also threw herself out of a plane with 10 of her friends and did a skydive to raise money.


How you can help

You can donate to their JustGiving page

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Muscular Dystrophy UK has been supporting families affected by Becker 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 Becker muscular dystrophy.

Setting up a family fund, like Hope4Harrison, 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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