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Birthdate: April 30, 1975
Hometown: Emporia, Va.
Resides: Emporia, Va.
Children: Wyatt, Austyn
Hobbies: Deer Hunting, basketball, softball
Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Diagnosis: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Caden’s diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy was discovered when he was five years old. His mother noticed that he wasn’t running quite as fast as the other kids his age, so she took him to their local pediatrician in Hampton, Virginia, for a check-up. After initial assessments, bloodwork, and genetic testing, doctors came to the conclusion that Caden had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This is a disease that is usually specific to males, causes progressive muscle weakness, and for which there is no cure.[read more...]
Thanks to his neurologist who submitted him, Caden is part of a clinical study at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with Dr. Jerry Mendell, Director at the Center for Gene Therapy. Through the study, Caden visits Nationwide Children’s very often – traveling from Virginia to Columbus, Ohio once a week for the first year. Today he receives medications and weekly IV infusions at home, with follow-up appointments with Dr. Mendell every few months.
By looking at Caden, you would never expect that he has this life-threatening disease. He, like most boys his age, loves to play sports, run outside, partake in Boy Scouts, and watch monster trucks and NASCAR with his family. Being a part of the clinical study at Nationwide Children’s has given his family hope that one day, Caden and boys like him will have a cure.