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Andy McDonald

Andy was born in Milton, FL on June 7th 1990 as the oldest and only son to Charles and Denise McDonald. Andy was diagnosed with Duchenne when he was 4 years old.

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Until they all walk …

The Andy Mac Foundation was born after Andy left this world. Denise and Charlie McDonald felt a very strong urge to help others in the same situation, to pass along their knowledge and support, and to fill peoples lifes with Andy's extraordinary spirit.

Guided by an inspirational and determined spirit the Andy Mac Foundation serves local Ducheene Muscular Dystrophy affected families to help create times of happiness through integration, activities, opportunities and support. Andy McDonald lived his life full of challenges and created opportunities out of them. The Andy Mac Foundation honors his life and shares loving support to those families in need to capture inspirational moments.

The people behind the Andy Mac Foundation are Andy's family and friends and staff members and volunteers who did not get a chance to meet Andy. Every person behind the scenes of the Andy Mac Foundation volunteers their time and effort to make a difference in someone's life who needs it.

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Annual Scholarships

Andy was a 2008 Milton High School Graduate. He was very popular and loved among his peers and was prom king several times. Andy was never limited by his disease and went above and beyond for his fellow students and friends. The AndyMac Foundation decided to give out annual scholarships to students who embodied Andy's moral and go above and beyond their limitations for others. We believe that such courage has to be recognized and rewarded.

Recipients 2010

Recipients 2011

Recipient 2012

Annual AndyMac Monster Dash 5k Fun Run

The AndyMac Foundation invented the Annual AndyMac Monster Dash 5k Fun Run because of Andy's love to annual halloween festivities. Andy loved getting dressed up and played each costume character which such charm that everyone was always lifted into high spirits every October. Therefore, the idea of the Monster Dash is based on fun, laughter and love.

Congratulations to all the winners of the first annual Monster Dash
Men's Women's
1st Nick Scerbo 1st Susan Smith
2nd Patrick McHugh 2nd Hillary Keeton
3rd Nick Sehorn

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Andy Mac Foundation
6434 Open Rose Drive
Milton, FL 32570

What Is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophies (MD) are genetic disorders characterized by progressive muscle wasting and weakness that begin with microscopic changes in the muscle. As muscles degenerate over time, the person's muscle strength declines. People with MD have incorrect or missing information in their genes, which prevents them from making the proteins they need for healthy muscles. Because MD is genetic, people are born with the problem - it's not contagious.

There are several major forms of muscular dystrophy:

  • Duchenne (pronounced: due-shen) muscular dystrophy (DMD)
  • Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD)
  • Emery-Dreifuss (pronounced: em-uh-ree dry-fuss) muscular dystrophy (EDMD)
  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD)
  • Facioscapulohumeral (pronounced: fa-she-o-skap-you-lo-hyoo-meh-rul) muscular dystrophy (FSHD)
  • Myotonic (pronounced: my-uh-tah-nick) dystrophy (MMD)
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD)

DMD - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Facts and Information

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) was first described by the French neurologist Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne in the 1860s.

In DMD, boys begin to show signs of muscle weakness as early as age 3. The disease gradually weakens the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles, those in the arms, legs and trunk. By the early teens or even earlier, the boy's heart and respiratory muscles also may be affected.

What causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Until the 1980s, little was known about the cause of any kind of muscular dystrophy. In 1986, MDA-supported researchers identified the gene that, when flawed - a problem known as a mutation - causes DMD. In 1987, the protein associated with this gene was identified and named dystrophin.

Genes contain codes, or recipes, for proteins, which are very important biological components in all forms of life. DMD occurs when a particular gene on the X chromosome fails to make the protein dystrophin. BMD results from different mutations in the same gene. People with BMD have some dystrophin, but it is not enough or it is poor in quality. Having some dystrophin protects the muscles of those with Becker from degenerating as badly or as quickly as those of people with Duchenne.

By the way, eating or not eating food with protein can't replace lost dystrophin.

What happens to the voluntary muscles of someone with DMD?

The course of DMD is fairly predictable. Children with the disorder are often late in learning to walk. In toddlers, parents may notice enlarged calf muscles, or pseudohypertrophy.

A preschooler with DMD may seem clumsy and fall often. Parents also may note that he has trouble climbing stairs, getting up from the floor or running.

By school age, the child may walk on his toes or the balls of his feet, with a slightly rolling gait. He has a waddling and unsteady gait and can easily fall over. To try to keep his balance, he sticks his belly out and puts his shoulders back. He also has difficulty raising his arms.

Many children with DMD lose the ability to walk sometime between ages 7 and 12. In the teen years, activities involving the arms, legs or trunk may require assistance or mechanical support.

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6434 Open Rose Drive
Milton, FL 32570