Annual Austin Event Raises Funds to Find a Cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (July 21, 2022) – CureDuchenne, a leading global nonprofit focused on funding and finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, announces the annual Ladies Luncheon at the Austin Country Club on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The annual Ladies Luncheon was started by Austin residents Tim and Laura Revell and this year’s event, hosted by Venus Strawn and Jennifer Stevens, will bring some of the most influential women in Austin together to connect and raise funds for a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. At this year’s Palm Springs-themed event, attendees will journey back to the glam days of Hollywood’s desert oasis for an afternoon of dining, big hats and bubbly with inspiring speakers, raffles and networking opportunities. TV host, entertainment reporter and former Miss Texas USA Holly Mills-Gardner will emcee the event.
Tim and Laura Revell learned their two sons Timothy and Andrew were diagnosed with Duchenne, the rarest and most deadly form of muscular dystrophy, at just two and five years old. At the time of their boys’ diagnoses, treatments and information on Duchenne was limited. The Revells began to research the rare disease and connected with CureDuchenne for resources. Tim and Laura have created several annual fundraising events to raise awareness and funds for CureDuchenne, including marathons, galas and the annual Ladies Luncheon. To date, the family has helped raise more than $6 million through their collective fundraising efforts.
“We’ve fought to change the outcomes for people living with Duchenne since Timothy and Andrew’s diagnoses, and we are humbled by the support we have seen from our friends in the Austin community,” said Laura Revell. “Tim and I are on a mission–our goal is to cure Duchenne, to help those receiving the death sentence that our own family has received, twice. Tim and I support CureDuchenne because they are truly advancing the science that will lead to a cure. When our community comes together, we will have the absolute best chance of finding effective treatments for our boys and thousands more like them.”
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a fatal genetic disease that affects roughly 1 in 5,000 male births. Individuals with Duchenne are typically diagnosed as toddlers, lose the ability to walk in their early-teens and often succumb to the disease in their mid-20s. Since CureDuchenne was founded in 2003, the organization has raised more than $50 million for research and funded 16 research projects that have advanced to human clinical trials. In addition, CureDuchenne develops impactful programs that help families living with Duchenne around the world.
“We are immensely grateful to the Revells and the Austin community for their unwavering commitment to CureDuchenne and our quest to find a cure for Duchenne,” said Debra Miller, Founder and CEO of CureDuchenne. “The funds raised are invested into early-stage science to move us ever closer to a cure for Laura’s children, my son, and thousands more.”
Tickets for the Ladies Luncheon are available for $150 and sponsorships are also available. Sponsors include Diamonds Direct, Diptyque Paris, Neiman Marcus, Consuela, and i3 Event Marketing. For sponsorship information, tickets and event details, visit: https://www.cureduchenne.org/ladiesluncheon/
CureDuchenne is recognized as a global leader in research, patient care and innovation for improving and extending the lives of those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As the leading genetic killer of young boys, Duchenne affects more than 300,000 individuals living today. CureDuchenne is dedicated to finding and funding a cure for Duchenne by breaking the traditional charitable mold through an innovative venture philanthropy model that funds groundbreaking research, early diagnosis, and community education. For more information on how to help raise awareness and funds needed for research, please visit www.cureduchenne.org.