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Friends Walk and Roll to raise awareness

TREMPEALEAU, Wis. (WXOW) ---- Two Trempealeau friends say they will race to raise awareness for a genetic disorder called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
When you have a disease like DMD you need good medicine, more time and a best friend. "I just lay in bed and sleep all day but I do it for other people because I know others have it worse than me," said Garrett Williamson.

Kelly Gardner and Garrett say they met in middle school.

"It was  a small school so I was obviously the new kid and I just remember seeing Garrett when I walked in the room.  That smile melts your heart," said Kelly.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic mutation that affects every muscle in the body.  It also affects the heart and worsens rapidly.  Most people are in in a wheelchair by the time they are 21.

"There was a mom pushing a son and a husband pushing a wife in a chair while I was doing a 5k with my sister. I'm pretty sure I texted Garrett right in the middle of the race and said in the next couple of years I'm going to train really hard and we're going to do the color run together," said Kelly.

The two raised enough money to buy Garrett a chair after Kelly posted a video of Garrett on Youtube.

They will unveil the new chair at Trempealeau's Catfish Days on July 13th.
For more information or to donate to their 5k effort go to

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