KINGSTON, Mass. – June 12, 2017 – Jett McSherry, a 21-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, will be participating in the 2017 Cohasset Triathlon on June 25 with the help of local team members. At age five, McSherry was diagnosed with Duchenne, a rare muscular deterioration disorder that increasingly limits muscle functionality. Having lost ability to walk and almost all muscle function, McSherry has been limited to a power chair since he was 12. However, teammates will help McSherry defy odds this June when he competes in the race.
“Partaking in a triathlon is a huge undertaking for any athlete,” said Tri4Jett team captain, Craig Martin. “But to take on the course without being able to move a muscle is incredible. This year we’re looking for athletes to help Jett and our team not only raise awareness, but to complete this extraordinary accomplishment.”
The Tri4Jett team is looking for athletes and volunteers to help with transitions, encouragement and fund raising. In their fifth year of competing in the Cohasset triathlon, the team is thrilled to have their hero and inspiration training and participating with them. Bridgewater State roommate and close friend, Josh Dyer, will be alongside McSherry every step, pedal and stroke of the way.
“Training for a triathlon is physically and mentally challenging,” said Dyer. “Jett and I have been pushing each other to keep going, and he is proving every day that he is an athlete in his own right. We hope to have the support and excitement on race day that reflects the hard work Jett is putting into this.”
Diagnosed during childhood, Duchenne causes a loss of motor, pulmonary and cardiac function. It is the most common lethal pediatric genetic disorder, and affects approximately one in every 3,500 live male births.
“When Jett was first diagnosed with Duchenne we knew his life would never be the same again,” said Christine McSherry, Jett’s mother and executive director of the Jett Foundation, founded and named after her son to help all those affected by Duchenne. “Determined to live the life that he deserves, racing in this triathlon proves that Duchenne will not stop him.”
Through the help of friends and the community, Jett has been raising funds to participate in the triathlon. To join the Tri4Jett team, please visit https://www.jettfoundation.org/tri4jett-2017/. To learn more and to donate to the Tri4Jett team, please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jett-mcsherry/tri-for-jett-2017.
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Diagnosed during childhood, Duchenne is a progressive neuromuscular disorder that causes a loss of motor, pulmonary, and cardiac function, and premature death. It is the most common lethal pediatric genetic disorder, and it affects every one in 3,500 live male births and some females. Duchenne has no cure. Children with Duchenne are born seemingly healthy and decline over time, usually losing their ability to walk around the age of 12 and succumbing to the disease in their early to mid-twenties.
About the Jett Foundation
Since 2001, Jett Foundation, located in Kingston, Mass., has worked to find treatments and a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy while improving the lives of those affected by Duchenne. Jett Foundation is a registered charity with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS; all donations are tax deductible. www.jettfoundation.org.
Media Contact for Jett Foundation
Jon Salas, Jon@hollywoodpr.net