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Friday, June 2, 2017 Victoria Square – Montreal Stock Exchange Tower


Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with muscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well-funded research.

"We are Gabriel and Frédérik Gallese. We are twins and we both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We are writing to you to let you know how super cool you are to raise funds in the High Rise Challenge. We are deeply impressed by your generosity.

The Gallese twins with their mother and aunts
"We were only 8 years old when the diagnosis was announced to our mother. You can imagine what a big shock it was for her. For us, it was the frustration of having difficulty to walk and run.

"At now 15 years old, the wheelchair is part of our daily lives. Our mother must use a girdle to lift us and to help us to get out of bed every morning. Those small daily gestures are real challenges for us. This has taken a toll on our mother’s back. Muscular Dystrophy Canada has given us a lot of support and help, and that’s why we want to thank you from the bottom of our heart for all the funds you will raise."


Your generosity enabled Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help Johanne Lafrance to install an elevator and adapt her bathroom. She was also able to expand the twins’ room – they are real twins so you can’t separate them. These renovations made their lives easier. Gabriel and Frédérick are now able to invite their friends over... friends who also have disabilities!

Thanks to your support, Johanne Lafrance will soon receive a mobile patient-lift and one for the pool, which will help the twins benefit from exercise in the water. They will also be able to move around more easily when electric wheelchairs will be delivered to them by the end of the year.

Gabriel and Frédérik put their hope in research and are ready to participate in studies to help find a cure. On behalf of them THANK YOU for your participation!


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