Albuquerque, NM, KRQE – A young New Mexico boy isn’t letting an incurable disease keep him from checking things off his bucket list.
One of those items is hunting. Now, he can do it easily thanks to a very special chair.
Mason Prieskorn, 11, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It’s a type of muscular dystrophy that mainly affects boys and weakens the muscles.
“As time goes on, his muscles get weaker and weaker and weaker, and walking becomes more and more difficult,” his dad, Bo explained.
Right now, there’s no cure for DMD.
“It’s been a hard adjustment, seeing my son go through some of these things,” Mason’s mom, Tracey, said. “But there is hope.”
So, Mason’s parents are making sure this terrible disease doesn’t hold him back, and a new, $14,000 chair is helping with that goal.
It looks like a mini tank, and it probably makes Mason feel as strong as one. He got it a month ago.
“We just choose to move forward and whatever it takes to allow him to do whatever we do,” Bo said.
Mason recently went on a youth elk hunt in Las Vegas and his dad … Read more.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children around the world.
If you’ve got it, you can’t produce dystrophin, a protein you need to build up your muscles. As a result, every muscle in the body deteriorates. At the moment there is no cure.
The facts about Duchenne are inescapable:
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is 100% fatal
- Most kids with it die in their late teens or early twenties
- Most with it are in a wheelchair by the age of 12
- It leads to respiratory failure, heart failure, and other debilitating orthopedic complications. Source