Emma Morgan and Patrick Harness’ five-year-old son Oliver has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They set up Oliver’s Army to raise awareness and funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund.
In December 2012, a month after Oliver’s fourth birthday, his family received the devastating news that Oliver had been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Oliver, now five years old, receives daily physiotherapy, and uses a wheelchair to get about. Although he falls over a lot and has daily cramps, Oliver’s family say he keeps smiling and wants to have as much fun as possible. When recently asked by his friends why he has a wheelchair, he simply replied, “I get tired legs”.
Emma and Patrick have set up the fund Oliver’s Army so they can, along with their friends and family, help to raise awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy and raise money for the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund. This means that all the funds they raise will go directly to the scientists who are working to find a treatment for this condition.
Oliver’s mum Emma said:
Oliver is a lively and outgoing character who brings joy to all who meet him. He truly is a special boy. We hope that having better treatments available and a ‘choice’ of treatments we can keep Oliver with us for longer and watch him enjoy a fun and rewarding life.
Friends and family have joined Emma and Patrick in their fundraising efforts for Oliver’s Army. Recently Oliver’s grandmother Debbie completed the Birmingham Half Marathon along with her friends, and raised over £2,000. Emma’s cousin is organising a fundraising Christmas fair in December, and in February 2014, Oliver’s dad Patrick, along with family and friends, took part in our Make Today Count skydive.
Rachael Voss Regional Development Manager in the Midlands and Anglia said:
Setting up a Family Fund empowers our families to fundraise and provides them with the tools they need to raise awareness and vital funds in their local community. It also gives families the opportunity to personalise their fundraising and to support an area of the charity’s work they are most interested in.
How you can help
Setting up a family fund like Oliver’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.