11-year-old makes time for fun while living with muscular dystrophy
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EUGENE, Ore. - Daily life can, at times, be challenging. But when your muscles are failing, performing routine activities can seem almost impossible.
There are more than 40 different kinds of muscular dystrophy and there is no cure for the disease. However, one Oregon group is making sure children living with the ailment are able to have fun.
Jack Craig is a typical 11-year-old who enjoys being active, skating, and spending time with friends.
But he also has muscular dystrophy, which can make it difficult to do certain activities or fit in.
In his short lifetime, he has undergone 10 surgeries ever since his parents noticed he had trouble with his feet and legs as a baby.
Jack and his mother said it never stopped him from living an active and full life.
"He's been bullied a few times, and he's heartbroken that people could be like that. He's just very soft-hearted," said Tonya Craig, Jack's mother.
"I think I'm just like everybody else. People might see me different, but the message I'm trying to say is push your limits, don't let anyone get you down," Jack said.
Tonya credits much of Jack's success to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The MDA summer camp hosts about 80 kids each year, giving them a chance to live childhood to its fullest. But most importantly, it gives them the chance to make friends they can relate to.