‘We are blessed by support and generosity’ When Sandy and Steve Peterson’s son Mitchell was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in 1999, they wondered where they could turn for support. They reached out to another family who also had a son diagnosed with DMD and through them made a connection with Parent Project MD (PPMD). “Sandy and I were introduced to PPMD in the very earliest stage of Mitchell’s diagnosis. During those early stages we were very confused and had little information on what we should do, what specialists we needed to see, and knowing the best care we could provide for Mitchell,” recalled Mitchell’s dad Steve. “Parent Project MD offered to us a complete education and a road map to follow in caring for our son. They are an amazing recourse for parents and families of boys with Duchenne MD.” “Our ultimate objective of Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford [MRTR] is to find a cure for Duchenne MD,” added Steve. “MRTR is working to raise funding and raise awareness of DMD. When celebrities like the Green Bay Packers’ Clay Mathews, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, and the NCAA Coaches for a Cure become involved, it’s amazing how the level of awareness increases. Awareness increases 10 fold. At a local level, MRTR has created a high of awareness of DMD in West Michigan. I believe awareness creates personal and community interest, community interest creates funding, funding will ultimately lead to a cure.” Those within the Rockford community are becoming more familiar with PPMD from the efforts of the Peterson family and their 5K race named Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford 5K Run/Walk and Kids for Kids K. All proceeds from this race are donated to PPMD in Mitchell’s name. This year’s event is set for Saturday, August 18, at 8:30a.m. “This will be our 14th year,” said Sandy. “The truth is, our family and all the families affected by DMD are blessed with the amazing generosity of all of the people who have participated, volunteered and supported Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford over the years.” To register or volunteer for the event, visit their website at mitchellsrun.org.
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Tournament gets $5,000 boost from AT&T The Volley for Mitchell 4-on-4 Charity Volleyball Tournament kicks off its sixth year August 11 thanks to event underwriter AT&T. Volley for Mitchell has raised more than $50,000 to fund research in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Today, returning event sponsor AT&T presented $5,000 during a short ceremony at the Score Restaurant, the unofficial home of Volley for Mitchell. Ruth Gauddard of AT&T presented the Mitchell family with a $5,000 check for this year’s charity volleyball tournament. “The Volley for Mitchell tournament is a great event in support of a very important cause, battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,” said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “It is a wonderful example of the kind of community involvement that really works to make a difference in Michigan and for kids in our state, and we at AT&T are proud to be able to be a part of it.” “When we packed up the nets after last year’s tournament, Volley for Mitchell had brought in a little over $45,000 in our first five years,” said Jeff Hartnagel, tournament co-director. “AT&T’s continued commitment and generous gift raises that number to more than $50,000, and the first serve hasn’t even been hit.” In the years since friends Jeff Hartnagel, Peter MacGregor and Bill Jackson sat around a bonfire in Hartnagel’s backyard, Volley for Mitchell has become a late summer West Michigan tradition. This year, the tournament expects to host more than 40 teams from all over the area. All proceeds from Volley for Mitchell go to Parent Project MD in its ongoing search to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is the most devastating of the dystrophies diagnosed during childhood. To date, there is no cure. The 2012 Volley for Mitchell tournament is once again headquartered at the Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids, which has donated the use of its courts since 2008. To accommodate the large numbers of anticipated participants, play will also take place on the sand volleyball fields located at North Rockford Middle School, courtesy of Rockford Public Schools. “The Score has been a great supporter over the years,” said co-director Peter MacGregor. “Being able to hold the tournament at such a setting […]
¡ Love this volleyball tourney! by BETH ALTENA According to organizer Pete MacGregor, this year’s competition included 50-plus teams and added a whopping $12,300 to the dollars for Project Parent MD, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The total for the five years of Volley for Mitchell is pushing $42,000 to Project Parent MD. This year there were 180 players ranging in age from 10 to over 50. “We will take any age and skill level,” MacGregor said. The event is an offshoot of the ever-popular and ever-growing Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, in its 13th year. Named after Rockford resident Mitchell Peterson, now a 10th-grade student, the run has raised $625,000 over the past 12 years. Mitchell was diagnosed at a young age with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most devastating form of the disease, which always afflicts young boys. Over the years, Mitchell’s Run has become a huge event in Rockford and has raised awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the need to find a cure. “We are very thrilled with this year’s event,” said MacGregor. MacGregor, who is a former neighbor to the Peterson family, came up with the idea of Volley for Mitchell five years ago. He said not everyone is a runner, and he wanted to offer an alternative way to support the good cause of the Parent Project MD. The Score Restaurant was first to provide a venue for the competition, and MacGregor said he is very grateful for early supporters as well as new supporters—including AT&T, Integrated Strategies Inc., Walmart and St. Mary’s, who are all onboard for the first time this year. With clear skies and beautiful, if hot, weather, Volley for Mitchell went smoothly with youngest competitors playing at North Rockford Middle School and adults ending the day’s competition at The Score. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford is racing right up and is scheduled for August 20. The run is a 5K run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race is a family-fun event with live bands, music and a radio feed from LAV. Those not into running will nevertheless enjoy the one-of-a-kind day in downtown Rockford. They can cheer on the racers as they cross the finish line at the Squires Street bridge, purchase […]
On Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, during the Rockford varsity boys and girls home basketball games against East Grand Rapids High School, Rockford Public Schools (RPS) will be raising funds for Mustaches for Mitchell, a fundraiser to support research and education for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The fundraising is done for the Parent Project MD in the name of Mitchell Peterson, a Rockford High School freshman diagnosed with DMD. On November 15, a group of 20 staff members throughout the district began growing mustaches as one of the fundraisers for the cause. The December 10 fundraiser provides the opportunity for the student body and community to be involved. Fans can purchase self-adhesive mustaches and t-shirts to wear throughout the game in support of this fundraiser. All money raised from the mustaches and t-shirts goes directly to Mitchell’s Cause of Parent Project MD to fund research and education for DMD. So, fans, please come on out and cheer for your Rams and rock a Mustaches for Mitchell mustache and t-shirt for charity! For more information, please contact Rockford Freshman Center teacher Al Reickard at (616) 863-6348 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Going and growing Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford enjoyed another amazingly succesful event this year, with 1,800 runners participating and raising $77,000. In its eleventh year, the Run has donated over $600,000 to Project Parent Musucular Dystrophy in Mitchell Peterson’s name. Mitchell, 13, along with family and volunteers, has raised awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.