With $2.3 Million Raised So Far, GoFundMe Giving Community Supports Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., September 7, 2016 - Today, GoFundMe announced that over 780 GoFundMe campaigns have raised $2.3 million to support causes related to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a genetic disorder that affects 1 out of 3,500 boys and causes progressive muscle degeneration, weakness, and lowered life expectancy.

“Now more than 25 million strong, the GoFundMe community is coming together to support their neighbors, families, and friends in the fight against this terrible disorder,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. “Whether it’s for wheelchair accessible swings, a bicycle ride across the country to raise awareness, or helping to build a ramp at someone’s home, the giving community for Duchenne is generous and large.” 

Many of the campaigns on GoFundMe have raised raised money for electric power chairs to help these young people be more mobile, and many have gone toward scientific research to better understand the disease.

Over 25,000 donations have raised $2.3 million for these efforts, averaging $91 per donation. In 2014, the GoFundMe community donated over $600,000 to campaigns related to DMD. In 2015, campaigns related to DMD raised over $1 million and in 2016, roughly $520,000 has been donated to campaigns related to DMD.

Wheelchair Double Swing for Jeffrey

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Marcie Macek raised nearly $8,000 to donate to her son Jeffrey’s school to help them purchase an additional wheelchair swing. Macek’s son Jeffrey was born with DMD, and after he passed away, she wanted to raise money for Jeffrey’s school to give back in his memory. With support from family, friends, and others in her community outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 108 donors raised nearly $8,000 for her campaign.

Ride4Gabe

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Three cyclists, Payne Griffin, Michael Staley and Wes Bates, rode 2,200 miles from Maine to Mobile, Alabama in 11 days to raise awareness for DMD. They called their journey Ride4Gabe in honor of Scott Griffin’s 11-year-old son Gabe, who was diagnosed with DMD in 2008.

This year’s ride raised over $12,000 on GoFundMe, and according to campaign organizers, Ride4Gabe has raised $150,000 in two years. This money has helped fund awareness for DMD and supported clinical trials.

Damarius Has Places to Go!

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Families, friends, and neighbors of ten-year-old Damarius Roman from northern New Jersey rallied around him and supported his family after he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In total, 76 people helped raise $7,600 to help his family purchase a van that could accommodate his wheelchair.

About GoFundMe

Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform, with over $2 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.

Contact: GoFundMe Press | press@gofundme.com

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