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Local Parents Hoping to Raise Awareness After Son, 4, Diagnosed with Rare Muscular Disease

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A local family is trying to keep their spirits up after a diagnosis of a rare disease. Four-year-old Yeshua Thrower was diagnosed with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy in September of 2014.

The muscle degeneration disease generally has a grim prognosis.

"By the age of 19, they're usually in the last stages of their life," said his mother Nicole, whose own brother died from the disease when he was a teenager.


DMD affects one in 3,600 and the news is not easy for the Throwers to deal with

"[We’re] very devastated about the diagnosis. We of course believed that we would have healthy children," said Yeshua's father Ishmael.

Yeshua's baby brother Uriah was tested for the disease and does not have it. His older sister Aylah, however, can't be tested until she is a teenager.

The family came together for a fundraiser, Saturday to not only bring in money to help with medical costs, but also to raise awareness about DMD.

"I've had nothing but positivity. I believe the God I serve has the power to change situations and heal," said Yeshua's grandmother Anita.

Yeshua will be participating in a clinical trial at UC Davis where he'll get an experimental drug for kids with muscular dystrophy.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for updates on his condition and to donate to the family.