EVENT: Seattle Marathon
EVENT DATE: Nov 28, 2016
Jean-Baptiste (we'll call him JB) is a biologist specialized in muscle physiology and genetics who was directly exported from Nantes (France) in July to join Casey's research laboratory in Seattle. Since then, he has been trying to cure his addiction for "baguettes" and "croissants" but he is still confused when Espressos are served in 12oz cups or when people talk about football vs. soccer...
But even 5000 miles from home, in a different country with another culture, his mission remains the same: trying to find a cure for genetic diseases. And today he is willing to run for this cause, be part of the team assembled by the Joshua Frase Foundation for the Seattle marathon, and help raise money for research. For many years the JFF has been fighting against myotubular myopathy, together with Casey and many other scientists over the world (and JB now). Myotubular myopathy is a rare disorder caused by mutations in a gene whose function is critical in skeletal and respiratory muscles. In young patients, this disease manifests at birth with severe symptoms and for 50% of them, will be fatal before their 2nd birthday. Like for many other diseases with a genetic cause, scientists are struggling to imagine new weapons which could not only treat but also CURE the patients.
One of these weapons was imagined a while ago, and several decades of work in multiple research laboratories across the world has made it very promising for multiple genetic diseases, including myotubular myopathy. Scientists came out with this idea of using a small and almost inoffensive virus and turn it into an authentic "Trojan horse" that could help carry the defective gene right into the cells of affected muscles. This so-called gene therapy is not an easy path and many obstacles have to be addressed before it can be manufactured into a reliable treatment, but researchers ARE MAKING PROGRESS! And as far as JB is concerned... well he just arrived so he has an excuse, but he's already really committed!
And the good news is, you can HELP him go faster! By making a gift to the JFF somewhere on this webpage, you can support JB before and during his run, and participate in the emergence of tomorrow's medicine. How much you give is not important, each contribution matters, JB will make sure of that!