Two Canterbury Bulldogs players visited St Josephs’ Catholic Primary School Belmore to raise awareness for the “Save Our Sons” campaign.
“Save Our Sons” was started by Elie Eid whose Year 5 son Emilio has DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), a fatal disease that afflicts mostly boys.
Ten-year-old Emilio’s school held an awareness raising day with students wearing mufti, buying Save Our Sons sloppy joes and having their Bulldogs jerseys signed by James Graham and Antonio Kaufusi.
Mr Eid, his wife and four other people recently walked to Canberra pushing Emilio in a wheelchair to see Prime Minister Tony Abbott and raise awareness of the muscular wasting disease, for which there is no cure.
The walk raised $120,000 for research into the fatal form of muscular dystrophy that leads to an inability to walk and eventually death.
“Today is more about awareness. It helps him – it says, it’s OK to be different, it’s OK to have a condition,” said Mr Eid.
Emilio was diagnosed at the age of two.