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Child battles muscular dystrophy and inspires others


In February of 2008, four year old Owen Dumm was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), an incurable genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

“We don’t get remission, we don’t get a break. This is a beast of a disease and it doesn’t stop,” says Owen’s mother Jen Dumm.

By eight years old Owen was wheelchair bound and undergoing constant care and treatment at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

“They just walked us right in to our new normal. I think if it was any other doctor that explained what his condition was I don’t think we’d be as brave as we are today, and I certainly know Owen wouldn’t be as courageous as he is today,” says Jen.