Tyreshop equipment specialists, Techplus has raised a whopping €2,000 for the “Join Our Boys” charitable trust.
The Tyreshop Tools & Equipment Supplier of the Year 2016, sold €2,000 worth of Join Our Boys branded air fresheners to its customers, over the past two months and donated the proceeds to the charity.
‘Join Our Boys’ is a charitable trust for boys that suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
Most specifically, Join Our Boys deals with the case of the three young boys in one Roscommon-based family that are suffering from this catastrophic disease, for which there is currently no treatment or cure. It is a progressive neuromuscular and fatal disease that destroys muscle tissue.
Archie, George and Isaac Naughton were all diagnosed with a fatal neuromuscular disease, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in 2012.
DMD affects 1 in every 3,500 boys and each year 20,000 children worldwide are born with the disease, 99 per cent of these are boys. The human body is created based on essential genetic instructions from DNA, which is the genetic basis for nearly all life on the planet. Duchenne is caused by faults in the gene found on the X chromosome. These faults are called genetic mutations.
The dystrophin gene is responsible for producing a protein called dystrophin in muscle cells that appears to act as an anchor to help keep the cell walls intact. Due to its large size it is particularly prone to mutations. It is the break up and death of muscle cells through a lack of, or poor functional dystrophin that causes the severe muscle wasting in DMD. This leads to premature death.