16th Mitchell’s Run for muscular dystrophy cure

The 16th annual Mitchell's Run in Rockford. (Aug. 16, 2014)

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of people participated in the 16th annual Mitchell’s Run in downtown Rockford Saturday morning.

The race raises money and awareness for muscular dystrophy — an inherited disorder that affects muscle strength, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

“We started this event back in 1999 and it’s grown ever since,” race organizer Steve Peterson said.

Peterson’s son, Mitchell, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy just before his third birthday. Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which can be inherited only by males, progresses more quickly than other forms of the disorder.

“My wife Tammy and I decided that we wanted to do something to raise money and awareness,” Peterson said.

Peterson said the event is also a great community event and speaks volumes about the people of Rockford.

“It’s really amazing the fact that our community just gathers around Mitchell and all the boys with Duchenne to make a difference,” Peterson said.

Donations benefit the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization that funds research of and advocates for people affected by the disorder.

“Total, since we started 16 years ago, we’re close to $900,000,” Peterson said.



Mitchell’s Run

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

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