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Local boy to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of CureDuchenne

8-year-old hopes to raise $20,000 for muscular dystrophy organization

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: May 24, 2012 03:30 PM

With the goal of supporting the fundraising efforts and research into finding a cure for Duchenne, 8-year-old Tyler Armstrong of Yorba Linda plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer.

Duchenne is a form of muscular dystrophy affecting boys, which leads to muscular degeneration, difficulty walking and breathing, and is in many cases fatal by the mid- to late twenties. The genetic disease affects 1 out of 3,500 boys

“I’m climbing 19,341 feet to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro for boys with Duchenne who can’t,” Tyler said. “If people donate one dollar for every foot I climb, we can raise a lot of money to help find a cure for Duchenne.”

Tyler is no stranger to peaks; he is already the youngest person to have climbed the highest mountain the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney, in California, in a single day, an elevation of 14,505 feet. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and the highest point in Africa, 19,341 feet from sea level. Tyler hopes to raise $19,341, one dollar for every foot in elevation.

CureDuchenne is a Newport Beach-based nonprofit organization that aims to fund research and new discoveries into treatments for the disease, and ultimately a cure for Duchenne. Tyler’s climb is part of the fourth annual Climb to CureDuchenne: Pick Your Peak fundraiser, which challenges supporters to climb any mountain, hill, peak or tall building on June 23 or June 30.

Tyler will begin his ascent June 25. To learn more about his journey, visit TopWithTyler.com.

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