Ryan’s Story

Our son, Ryan Karlin is a 13 year old boy, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois. Ryan is the youngest of four children and is a 8th grader at Still Middle School who enjoys all kinds of activities.

Ryan was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) on April 15, 2008. DMD is a genetic disease, which effects 1 in 3500 boys. DMD is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect boys. There is currently no cure. Most DMD kids die in their late teens or early twenties. DMD is associated with respiratory failure, heart failure and debilitating orthopedic complications. Boys experience degenerative muscle weakness and loss of ambulation by their mid teens.

Ryan is an active boy who loves Hockey, baseball, jet skiing and riding his motorized bike. As Ryan continues to weaken, these activities will become increasingly difficult, until no longer possible.

Rally for Ryan is dedicated to finding a cure for this devastating disease. 100% of all money raised will go to researcher’s that are diligently trying to find treatments and ultimately a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This dreadful disease took Ryan’s uncle Patrick from us at age 17, and we are committed to making sure this disease does not get passed down to another generation. With your generosity and support, our vision to find a cure for Ryan and other boys can become a reality. To see our 501c3 letter, please click here.

Please help support Rally for Ryan!

Thank you and God bless,

Geri and Marty Karlin