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University of Washington
Department of Neurology

In April of 1999, Kreston Canada (pictured at right), along with his entire family, decided to raise money to benefit research of muscular dystrophy. Drew Canada, 4 year old (at the time) son of Kyle and Penny Canada and Kreston's nephew, has congenital MD, and the family wanted to help find a cure. Drew Canada at age 4Kreston volunteered to run a marathon in every state in the US in order to collect pledges to benefit the Chamberlain Lab, whose focus is on finding a gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The amazing thing is that Kreston had never before run a marathon. To date, Kreston has completed 20 marathons, and he and his family members have collected over $22,000 in pledges. They are extremely grateful to their friends and family for the funds raised so far and are looking now to more public and corporate support to help reach their goal of $100,000. It is an amazing commitment by Kreston to run for those who can't run for themselves. Each race raises not only money, but also more hope that we will win the ultimate race: the race against time to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.

We at the Chamberlain lab want to commend Kreston for his dedication and perserverance in completing the enormous task of 50 marathons in 50 states. Thank you to all of you, Kreston, Pam, Kim, Al, Kyle, Penny, Don, Carol, Lesley and Tom, for your support. You inspire us to work faster, to think more broadly, to achieve things we thought unachievable, and to always remember that there are thousands of little boys out there depending on our work.

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