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World Duchenne Awareness Day

Global awareness day for Duchenne and Becker MD

In 2013, a group of dreamers from World Duchenne Organization began to imagine a day dedicated to raising awareness about Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. A day on which, all over the world, a symbolic gesture would be made that would be transported everywhere.

The date, 7 September (7/9) is a reference to the 79 exons of the Duchenne gene. The balloon is chosen as symbol to fly Duchenne out of this world. This led to the involving the Duchenne community in every corner of the world, that helps to choose a specific theme to attract everyone’s attention.

Over the years, more countries and organizations are becoming involved. World Duchenne Awareness Day managed to raise general awareness, and specific topics for the Duchenne community. The European Parliament, Pope, and many other famous people recognize the value of this global event.

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Past activities on World Duchenne Awareness Day

2023: Breaking Barriers

Documentary sharing how people living with DMD/BMD are each breaking barriers in their lives

2022: Women & Duchenne

Educational conference where we highlight all the aspects connected with Duchenne and the female world.

2021: Adult Life & Duchenne

World Duchenne Awareness Day 2021 theme: Duchenne adults living their lives to the fullest.

2020: Duchenne and the Brain

Livestream where experts share their knowledge on DMD/BMD and learning and behavioral issues.

2020: Together we are stronger

Promo video for WDAD 2020 to raise global awareness for Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy.

2019: Nutrition in DMD

Information to increase understanding of nutrition and supplement use in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

2019: Bring Your Light

A global collaboration of Duchenne families to raise awareness on DMD and BMD in the general public.