Raising funds and spirits for those with Muscular Dystrophy

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SIOUX FALLS (KELO) – Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that weakens a person’s muscles, but it can’t weaken the spirits of two young boys.

Through the week, firefighters are raising money to go toward research for Muscular Dystrophy but another thing they’re raising are spirits.

This week, firefighters have been collecting donations to help fund research for Muscular Dystrophy.

“Muscular Dystrophy is a neuromuscular condition that causes muscle wasting and weakness through various parts of the body,” Development Director of Muscular Dystrophy Association Erin Hill said.

Something brothers Jordan and Joseph Gaalwsyk have lived with their whole lives.

“I can’t really… type, or do my homework as easily,” Jordan Gaalswyk said 

But they never let it get them down.

“It definitely has a lot of setbacks… but there are other ways to get around this,” Joseph Gaalswyk said.

“Like… you get an awesome chair… and you can just run into people that you don’t like,” Jordan Gaalswyk said jokingly.

They see fundraisers like this as important not only for helping with research but for funding the MDA Summer Camp program.

“They’ve been to the camp, what they’re faced with is – they’re around children with the same… some sort of Muscular Dystrophy. And everything at that camp is geared to kids in wheelchairs. Whether it be a rope bridge or… both the boys have gone zip lining, you know, and it’s completely handicap happy,” Father Scott Gallswyk said.

The boys may need help on a day to day basis, but what they really want is help for kids in the future.

“So other kids like us can… hopefully, do things a bit better, that they maybe couldn’t do before,” Joseph Gaalswyk said.

“Even if they aren’t able to cure it in my lifetime, those people in the future… that have it – it’s good that they won’t have to go through what I went through,” Jordan Gaalswyk said.

“Eventually something will happen. A cure will be found. Like Jordan said, maybe not in his lifetime, but in somebody else’s lifetime. And that’s why the boys – they’re very aware of what’s going on in their life – and they want to help somebody else,” Scott Gaalswyk said.

You too can help fill the boot and learn more about Muscular Dystrophy.

Firefighters can be found at your nearest local HyVee Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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