Muscular Dystrophy is a disorder that results in muscle weakness and a decrease in muscle mass over time. One of the most common types of this disorder is Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, which affects approximately 1 in 3,500-6,000 births each year. This disorder did affect one very special person to this non-profit committee and the Chilton community, Kyle Tyson. Kyle was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy when he was four years old. As the disease progressed, Kyle eventually needed leg braces, then a manual wheelchair, and then eventually an electric wheelchair to help him with his everyday routines. Throughout the years, Kyle maintained a positive outlook on life and enjoyed going to summer camp through the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he could bond and create friendships with kids just like him. This disease did not bring down Kyle’s spirits; he accomplished a major achievement by graduating from high school and maintaining a part time job after graduation. Kyle always had a smile on his face and made the best of this life-threatening disease. Unfortunately for our family and the Chilton community, Kyle lost his battle with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy on July 30, 2009.
Shortly after Kyle’s death, his family was approached to start a kickball tournament in which the money raised would benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which had a big impact both emotionally and financially during Kyle’s lifelong journey with this disease. The first tournament raised $1,525, the second raised $6,570, and the third $8,600 and most recent $10,000. Kyle received a lot of help and support from the Muscular Dystrophy Association and this year it is our goal to raise even more money, which would give us a bigger opportunity to help more children and adults like Kyle.