PRESS RELEASE: COHASSET, MA - June 1, 2018 - Jett Foundation’s Tri4Jett triathlon team members will be competing in the Cohasset Triathlon on June 24 with their hero and namesake, Jett McSherry, a 22-year-old who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This is Tri4Jett’s sixth year competing in the Cohasset Triathlon and raising funds for Jett Foundation, and McSherry’s second year.
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 for the second year in a row.
“Jett and the families Jett Foundation works with inspire us through months of hard training. On race day, every step, stroke, and pedal is for Duchenne,” said Tri4Jett team captain, Craig Martin. “To have Jett paving the way for us again this year means more than anything to this team and it is going to be a huge source of motivation for us to cross the finish line.”
The Tri4Jett team is looking for volunteers and participants to join them on June 24 to help with transitions, encouragement, and fundraising. The team is thrilled to have their hero and inspiration training and participating with them again this year. McSherry’s Bridgewater State University roommate and close friend, Josh Dyer, will be alongside McSherry every step, pedal and stroke of the way.
“The moment Jett crossed the finish line last year flocked on either side by his teammates was incredible. The entire crowd of supporters roared in triumph for their accomplishment,” said Christine McSherry, Jett’s mother and President of Jett Foundation, founded and named after her son to help all those affected by Duchenne. “By racing a second year in a row, Jett is proving that Duchenne won’t define him or stop him.”
Through the help of friends and the community, each teammate, including Jett, has been raising funds to participate in the triathlon. The team’s major sponsors include Perky Jerky®, The Goodale Company, Inc. Insurance, and Shea Concrete Products. To join the Tri4Jett team, please visit https://www.jettfoundation.org/tri4jett-2018/. To learn more and to donate to the Tri4Jett team, please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/event/11421/tri-for-jett-2018.
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 affects one in every 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 Jett Foundation
Since 2001, Jett Foundation, a nonprofit located in Plymouth, MA, has worked to extend and enrich the lives of individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders. It does this by partnering with families impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through empowering educational programming, transformational direct service experiences, and by accelerating development of life-changing treatments. For more, visit www.jettfoundation.org.
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