15th Annual 5K race raises awareness and support for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

In March of 1999 Steve and Sandy Peterson felt they were alone when their son Mitchell was diagnosed with one of the most common and lethal forms of muscular dystrophy. Duchenne MD affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys and 20,000 babies born each year

Fast forward 15 years later and the Petersons feel anything but alone– especially on the third weekend of every August when thousands of people converge into downtown Rockford to run, walk, volunteer and cheer for Mitchell’s Run thru Rockford 5K. It has more than doubled in size and scope since it was established in 1999. This year they are approaching a total of nearly $800,000 raised which all has been donated in Mitchell’s name to Parent Project MD, a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. PPMD (www.parentprojectmd.org) is dedicated to research and finding viable treatment and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

“My wife and I are honored to have the continual support of so many individuals these past fifteen years.” notes Steve Peterson. “More people now know about Duchenne MD because of this event. It’s important that we raise awareness about this disease because it can happen in any family and currently affects many boys and their families here in West Michigan.”

“We are really excited for our 15th year,” added Sandy. We’re making some changes this year to create a better experience for all. We’ve changed the location for our pre-registered race packet pick-up to Wolverine World Wide’s Footwear Depot in downtown Rockford which is held the night before the race,”

This year’s event sponsored by Wolverine World Wide and Meijer takes place on Saturday August 17th, at 8:30 a.m. The Kids for Kids K starts at 9:30a.m.. This is a competitive race but also a family event featuring a silent auction during and award ceremony following the races. For more race details visit www.mitchellsrun.org.


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