A Connecticut father reached out to Jett Foundation for assistance with putting food on the table for his family. Jason is a proud father of two boys. His son, Justin (12), was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at just 18-months-old.
“For four years, I have stressed about how to deal with getting a safe vehicle. This is life-changing” says Michelle, mother of Kelvin Jones. Kelvin is a young man diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy from Johnston, Ohio.
“As our boys keep growing, we run into more barriers for transporting our family in a safe manner. Having two boys with Duchenne is incredibly difficult,” says Ember Thomas, the mother of two boys who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Kelly Fitzpatrick says her life changed when she learned that not one, but all three of her sons have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Connor (11), Kian (9), and Finnegan McVey (7) are three brothers from Poynette, WI, finding joy in spending each day with one another and their mother who tackles every Duchenne obstacle as a single parent.
Heather Neal’s 15-year-old son, Tyler Guidry, lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Unfortunately, a Duchenne diagnosis and the obstacles it brings are not all that Heather and her family have had to endure.
In 2020, Jett Foundation expanded the Jett Giving Fund program to assist families experiencing unexpected financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After hearing directly from families in our Duchenne muscular dystrophy community, the Emergency Fund arm of our program was launched providing timely financial assistance for necessities such as groceries, housing assistance, utility expenses or other unforeseen costs.
Choosing an accessible vehicle is a big decision, with many factors that influence what type of equipment will work best for an individual or family’s needs. We have broken down some of the top consideration factors to help you navigate the decision-making process.
On November 21st, Lance Hains and Mitch Spittle were the first athletes to represent Jett Foundation at the Philadelphia Marathon. Childhood friends Lance and Mitch decided to run the marathon in honor of Lance’s little brother Levi, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.