NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., November 20, 2013 – Nine-year-old Tyler Armstrong of Yorba Linda, Calif., will attempt a record breaking climb of Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak (22,837 ft.) in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, to benefit CureDuchenne. is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Tyler will begin his climb on December 17 and anticipates summiting between December 26 and December 29 (weather dependent). If Tyler summits, he will be the youngest person to summit Mt. Aconcagua.
Tyler is an avid mountain climber who realized he could use his athletic abilities to help others. Mt. Aconcagua is one of the Seven Summits and it will be Tyler’s second of the Seven Summits. Last year, Tyler climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and money for Duchenne research and he will continue to support CureDuchenne again this year with his Mt. Aconcagua climb.
“I like hiking to the top of mountains for my friends with Duchenne,” said Tyler. “Duchenne makes my friends muscles weaker and weaker. I want to use my muscles to let others know that we need to find a cure now to help all boys with Duchenne. Please donate and give those impacted with Duchenne a chance.”
Duchenne is a progressive muscle-wasting disease that impacts 1 in 3,500 boys. Boys are usually diagnosed by 5, in a wheelchair by 12 and most don’t survive their mid-20s. The funds raised will support the most promising research projects aimed at treating and curing Duchenne.
“Tyler is an amazing and compassionate boy and a hero to the Duchenne community,” said Debra Miller, founder and CEO of CureDuchenne. “Tyler thinks about other boys his age who are losing their ability to walk and is attempting a difficult challenge to raise awareness to help find a cure for this devastating disease. Our boys face difficult challenges everyday living with Duchenne. We hope Tyler will inspire people to donate so we can continue to fund research until there is a cure for Duchenne.”
Visit www.cureduchenne.org/goto/Tyler to donate to Tyler’s climb and raise money to fund Duchenne research. For more information on CureDuchenne, go to or call 949-872-2552. Follow us on , and .
is a national nonprofit organization located in Newport Beach, Calif., dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne, the most common and most lethal form of muscular dystrophy. As the leading genetic killer of young boys, Duchenne affects more than 300,000 boys worldwide.
CureDuchenne has garnered international attention for its efforts to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne through venture philanthropy. With the help of CureDuchenne’s distinguished international panel of Scientific Advisors, funds raised by CureDuchenne support the most promising research aimed at treating and curing Duchenne. To date, seven CureDuchenne research projects have made their way into human clinical trials – a unique accomplishment as few health-related nonprofits have been successful in being a catalyst for human clinical trials.