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Colonia (NJ) Senior High School Class of 1971

Cure for Carson


You can help for only $1!


We Did It!  We reached our goal of $500! 


Our total contribution is $1500!


Thank you, Class of 1971!


PLEASE GIVE JUST A SINGLE DOLLAR!  If you can give $2 or $5 or $10, please please do! 
Please make your check out to University of Utah Department of Human Genetics and mail your tax-deductible gift to Cure for Carson, PO Box 533, Riverton, UT 84065-0533.  And please indicate that you are an alum of CHS'71!
Huge bouquets of thanks to our anonymous donor and to each and every classmate who rises to the challenge.
Please click Cure for Carson to learn more.  And remember that a matching donation from your employer will double the impact of your contribution.  Thank you!!
Click here to track our progress!
Dear Classmates,
I would like to introduce you to my friend Carson.  He is 4 years old, and as you can see from his pictures on this page, he is a beautiful, happy child.  Last year, just around his 3rd birthday, Carson was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  We have all heard of muscular dystrophy thanks to the Jerry Lewis Telethons that have been held over Labor Day weekend as long as we can remember.  But, did you know that:

I didn't know any of that either.  But, since Carson's diagnosis, I have learned a lot.  Mostly, I have learned what a brave little boy Carson is.  It's a joy to see him playing with his older brother and younger sister.  He is still able to walk, though running and climbing stairs or inclines present a challenge.  Inevitably, Carson will have to use a wheelchair to get around

Carson's mom and dad are pretty brave too. They are doing all they can for Carson and for their other two children.  When I ask them what I can do to help, their answer is simple:  Please help spread awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy so that researchers will continue to search for a cure for this progressive muscular disorder.

Carson's mom and dad have teamed up with leading experts in the study of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the University of Utah Deparment of Human Genetics to raise $50,000 to fund research to find a cure that will help their son and other boys like him. 

So, with all that in mind, I have taken the liberty of dedicating this web page to Carson.  I ask all of you to follow the underlined links on this page to learn more about this devastating muscular condition.  And I invite you to visit to learn more about the heroic goal that Carson's family has set for themselves to help their son and other little boys suffering from this devastating disease.

On the occasion of our 35th class reunion, when we are celebrating our successes and blessings and remembering our childhood friendships with great fondness, I ask you also to remember Carson and his challenge.

Please consider making a donation to support research to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  No donation is too small.  Even a single dollar given to research brings hope to children and their parents.  Dedicate your donation to a classmate, a friend, a family member.  Or, make it in honor of Carson. 

Thank you, Class of 1971.  You are the best!



Please make your check payable to University of Utah Department of Human Genetics and mail it to Cure for Carson, P.O. Box 533, Riverton, UT 84065-0533. 



We can help! Please click Cure for Carson to learn more.  And remember that a matching donation from your employer will double the impact of your contribution.  Thank you!!


Cure for Carson has been established to raise $50,000 to support research at the University of Utah Department of Human Genetics to find a cure for the rare form of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy that Carson has.  The University of Utah is a  US 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to researching treatment and cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.   Federal ID # 87-6000525.  Donations of any size are gratefully appreciated!

The Mc Intyre Family Thanks You!
The Mc Intyre Family
Brendan (Age 8), Rick, Carson (Age 4), Kori, and Sierra (Age 3)

A letter from Carson's Mom and Dad...


Dear friends and family,


On July 6th 2005 our son Carson, then 3 years old, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy -- a form of Muscular Dystrophy that only affects boys. Since Carson’s diagnosis, Rick and I have learned all we can about our son’s disease and about all the medical research that is being done to seek a cure for this terrible disease.


We have recently found out that Carson’s form of Muscular Dystrophy is due to a duplication of the Exxon sequencing in his DNA. Of the three causes for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, this is the rarest form, affecting only 6% of all Duchenne boys.


Unbelievably, our son has a terrible disease and, even more unbelievably, he has the rarest form of it. Because of the rarity of its occurrence, research funding available to find a cure for the specific form of Muscular Dystrophy that Carson has is very limited.  This limited funding is not sufficient to do the research needed to find a cure for the disease our son is faced with.


We recently learned from Carson’s doctor that researchers at the University of Utah are working on a possible treatment. Unfortunately, research is going “very” slow due to the lack of funding. 


We contacted the University of Utah and found that it would cost only $50,000 to support research for one year. Only $50,000!  Rick and I decided that, as parents, we have no choice but to try to raise that money so that researchers can go full steam ahead to find a cure for our little guy.


This is where we desperately need your help.


We thought it would be great to start a fund-raising chain beginning with all our friends and family.  With this chain we can all link together to find a cure for Carson and the other boys that are just like him. There are a couple of things we want to ask of you.


1st Please take at least 10 copies of this letter and send it to 10 people you know can help.


2nd Please make a donation to support research to find treatment and cure for this terrible disease.


If only 1000 of us donate only $50, we can quickly reach our goal of $50,000 to fund a laboratory scientist with the materials needed to conduct full time research on Carson’s form of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This important research is necessary to find a cure for this terrible disease, or at least to stop its progression in boys who already suffer from it. 


We are buying precious time since this disease will eventually affect our son’s heart and lungs and then it will take his life much too soon.


We desperately need this research to happen right now!  In order to apply for grants to continue research in future years, we must present a full year of research to the FDA. We know that with all of you we can accomplish this goal if we all link together.


Please remember that any amount you can donate is very much appreciated. Any amount! A single dollar will bring us that much closer to finding a cure.


Here is a little information on what Carson is faced with:


Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common, lethal, genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood. It affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys worldwide. DMD knows no boundaries and crosses into all cultures and races. DMD is a progressive muscle disorder for which there is currently no treatment or cure.  Boys diagnosed with DMD typically lose the ability to walk between the ages of 7 and 13. They lose upper body function in their teens and sadly, most will lose the battle to DMD in their early twenties.  These boys struggle every day with the little things we all take for granted like running, climbing stairs or simply getting up off the floor.


Carson is now 4 years old. He is still able to walk, but with obvious difficulty. Rick and I feel right now that we are fighting time trying to keep Carson walking as long as we can until researchers find something to stop the progression. The only thing stopping that from happening, sadly, is funds. 


We desperately need all of your help so we can find this treatment before Carson and any other boy for that matter, goes into a wheelchair.  We know that they will never be able to reverse the effects. We are just hoping to stop it right now and we cannot do it without all of you!


Please copy this letter and send it to at least 10 of your friends and family members, and ask them to do the same.  Please know that we will happily accept any donation. Every dollar brings us close to our goal. Every dollar gives us hope. We just want you to be a part of our chain to keep our son Carson and any other boy affected by this heartbreaking disease healthy and as strong as possible.


Please make checks or money orders out to the University of Utah, Department of Human Genetics. The US 501 (3)c Non Profit Tax ID number is 87-6000525. Please mail your tax deductible donation to Cure for Carson, P.O. Box 533, Riverton, UT 84065.  Rick and I will make sure the donations go directly to the lab that will be working with us to find a cure. You will receive acknowledgement of your tax-deductible donation directly from the University of Utah. And, remember to ask if your employer will match your donation.


We want to thank all of you for being a part of our lives in one way or another. And we thank you for your support in finding a cure for Carson!


We love each and every one of you!                                        



Kori and Rick McIntyre

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