Brody & Cooper

Remarkable little boys


The County Down brothers are fighting a rare and severe form of muscular dystrophy that is both incurable and life-limiting. But thanks to the diligence of teachers, the love of their parents, and the expertise of medical professionals, they are making amazing progress. And you can help them on that journey.


How it
all began

Their story

It all began when Brody’s teacher noticed that he couldn’t get off the floor as quickly as the other children after story time and told his mum and dad. Alison and Mark took Brody to the doctor and after physio, tests, and a referral to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London, Brody was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Six weeks later, Brody’s brother, Cooper, also tested positive for the same incurable disease.

Our lives were changed forever. We know this illness has the potential to end the lives of Brody and Cooper in their childhood. The family circle communicated with other parents of children with Duchenne, about researching experimental treatments and enrolled Brody in a study trial in USA, in the hope of being able to stave off the effects of the disease.

Brody and Cooper’s own fight against DMD then began.

The treatment made such a positive difference to Brody that Alison and Mark registered Cooper for the same research and returned to the US with both brothers at the start of this year so they could each receive treatment.

How you
can help

Walk with us

Both boys continue to make incredible progress. But that comes at a big financial cost to the family. And with treatment needed for both boys every three months, the family simply can’t continue to fund the treatment without the help and support of family, friends and the local community.

The treatments for Brody and Cooper are extremely costly, and costs are amounting to $100,000 per year, however, it is worth every penny, as the treatments help prolong the boys’ lives and keep them walking until a cure for DMD is found.

You can help Brody and Cooper to continue their fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by donating today. Every penny donated will support their practical needs and make a real difference to these amazing little boys in their remarkable fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


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