EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 15, 2013

No quitting here


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — With a little help from family, Jake Marrazzo, 10, finished the 5K Foam Fest yesterday at Kimball Farm.

Two years ago Jake , who lives in Hudson, Mass., was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and has not been able to participate in sports.

But this weekend, his parents John and Sheryl Marrazzo, made sure he got to compete in the Foam Fest which features a course with various inflatable obstacles as well as foam, mud and water.

Jake went as far as his legs would carry him and then his father carried him on his back to the finish line.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder characterized by rapidly progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy and primarily affects boys.

Although the 5K Foam Fest raises money for a charity, John Marrazzo said his family was raising money through pledges for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, an organization committed to ending Duchenne.