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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Holds 15th Annual Connect Conference in Atlanta
Date:6/22/2009

reflected the last 15 years with the Connect Conference, uniting the community. Only this comprehensive approach will lead to the day that 100% of those diagnosed can turn to a treatment to end Duchenne."

United States Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), has been a Member of Congress since 1999, serving three terms in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2004. He has helped advocate for funding for muscular dystrophy research for years. When notified of the "Change It Champion" award he will receive, Senator Isakson said, "I have devoted my life to serving the State of Georgia and our great nation. I am humbled by this award and PPMD's recognition of my work in muscular dystrophy. But we still need additional research and we still need a cure. And I will not stop working for this cause until that day comes."

PPMD is also recognizing the American Football Coaches Association for its commitment to Coach to Cure MD, a one-day, nationwide event with PPMD designed to raise awareness about Duchenne. AFCA member coaches around the country will wear armbands again this year in an effort to create media interest and public understanding of Duchenne. Last year, the AFCA helped to raise over $270,000 for Duchenne research. Says Executive Director of the AFCA, Coach Grant Teaff, "Every football coach has one thing in common - a commitment to young men. This charity partnership is a great way to show the world the great core values of our profession, and help find a cure for these young men."

Darius Weems and Logan Smalley will receive a "Change It Champion" award for their work on the critically acclaimed documentary "Darius Goes West." The film chronicles 15-year-old Darius, who lives with Duchenne, and eleven of his best friends as they set off across America with the ultimate goal of getting his wheelchair customized on MTV's Pimp My Ride. M
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