Calves to Cure DMD
- Billings Livestock Commission
- 2443 N Frontage Road (Exit 455), Billings, 59107 United States
Hi, our names are Paul and Laura Heaton. Our son Grant is five years old and was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age three. Duchenne is a genetic disease that destroys muscle, all of them. There is no cure or real treatment for Duchenne. Boys that are affected by it don’t make it out of their 20’s and are wheelchair bound from around age 10 to 15.
We are dealing with this disease as best we can and doing what we can to keep Grant ambulatory for as long as possible. To this end we do physical therapy, swimming, horseback riding, daily stretches and exercises at home, along with doctor appointments. This is what we can do to help Grant.
Along with all of this we thought that another thing we can do is raise money for research towards a cure and viable treatment. To do this we decided to have a calf sale. Billings Livestock Sales and CureDuchenne have been (thankfully) willing to help us. Sellers can bring in a calf, yearling, cow, etc. and donate either all of their check for that animal, a set dollar amount or a percentage of the sale price.
All money donated from the sale will go to CureDuchenne and then to research we select that will hopefully benefit Grant. All donations will be tax deductible and go to find a cure for this disease. We would like to say thank you for helping us with our cause and hope to see you September 19th in Billings at BLS.
The Heaton Family
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