Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a non-profit organization close to our hearts at Messick, Peacock & Associates. In 2005, the team founded the Dallas chapter to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for people affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It’s in honor of Sam Killian, a close family friend and fun-loving boy diagnosed with Duchenne at early age. Every year, MPA participates in a fundraising event called Sam's Day to support the fight against the disease.
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Duchenne is the most common form of childhood muscular dystrophy. The progressive and fatal muscle disorder affects boys and young men and causes the loss of muscle function, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. It occurs in 1 in 3,500 births making it the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood.
John Killian, Chairman of PPMD, and his wife Stefanie just celebrated the 10th annual Sam's Day at NorthPark Center in Dallas. Sam’s Day is named after Killian’s son Sam, the youngest of four children, who was diagnosed with Duchenne. Since 2005, Sam’s Day has raised over $1 million. The support has been instrumental in seed funding many trials that are promising for the 150,000 boys around the world affected by the disorder like Sam.
Sam’s Day is a free, family-friendly annual event with bounce houses, food, clowns, carnival games, and a silent auction at NorthPark Mall.
For more information on Sam’s Day, please visit www.SamsDayTexas.org.
Our firm is a proud advocate for TeamConnor, a childhood cancer foundation started on behalf of Connor Cruse. Connor was a normal rambunctious four-year-old boy when he was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in 2005. Tumors were found around Connor’s spine, behind his heart, and there was a nine-centimeter mass in his abdomen. Connor lost his battle with cancer in 2009, but the fight to help cure childhood cancer lives on in his memory.
Most pediatric cancer treatments have not significantly improved in the past 20 years. Without funding, progress cannot be made to advance childhood cancer treatments and a search for cures. For our most vulnerable victims, this is unacceptable. That is why the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation exists.
Since the creation of TeamConnor in 2008, the organization has raised more than $1.7 million through our generous supporters, golf tournaments, auctions, fun runs, and various other fundraising events.
For more information on TeamConnor, please visit: TeamConnor.org