For those living with cystic fibrosis (CF) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), The Road 4 Life organization is a beacon of hope when it comes to the fight against these incurable diseases.
There are 30,000 people in the United States alone that live with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease of the lungs and digestive system, with many of these individuals being children who fight against CF day in and day out. Duchenne muscular dystrophy largely affects young males, with 1 in every 3,500 to 5,000 children being diagnosed with the genetic disease. DMD weakens the muscles of the individual and causes significant muscle loss over time.
The Road 4 Life’s mission is to fight for those suffering with these conditions with the goal to raise awareness around the world. One major way the organization is showing its support is through the Camino Pilgrims, four volunteers who are uniting to undergo an amazing task.
The Camino Pilgrims are walking the Way of St. James, a 500 mile trek that starts on the French side of the Pyrenees, goes through northern Spain and ends in Santiago de Compostela. The entire journey will take more than 30 days to complete, and every day on the road will be dedicated to the children suffering with CF and DMD, who The Road 4 Life call their “Roadies.” These Roadies have been submitted to the organization by loved ones as a way to put faces to the disease and help people remember how important it is to keep the fight against CF and DMD alive.
During the pilgrimage, The Road 4 Life website will feature one Roadie a day for the first 31 days, and will contribute the last 2 days of the hike as a time to remember all of those who have lost the battle with their disease.
Through the generous donations and sponsorships that the Road 4 Life is raising through the Way of St. James walk, the organization will be able to offer financial assistance to all of their Roadies to help them with their personal fights against CF and DMD.
One of the Road 4 Life sponsors is 911 Restoration. All of their branches joined together to raise over $15,000 in an effort to show how dedicated they are to raising awareness and helping those who are suffering from these two diseases.