Cure JM Foundation 2017 National Conference and Fundraiser


Walk Strong RunnerCure JM families raised over $300,000 for JM research.

Thank you to everyone who gave generously and raised funds to make the “Walk Strong to Cure JM” and Team Cure JM in the Austin Marathon a success. As you learned this weekend, nearly all funds raised by Cure JM comes from family fundraisers like the walk or marathon online fundraising pages.

At the conference, we had over 500 participants in the “Walk Strong to Cure JM” and over a dozen runners in the Austin Marathon.  

With JM being a rare disease, our children and teens are counting on each family to help make a difference. Thank you all!

Walk Strong WalkersWalk Strong to Cure JM™ Highlights

Over 500 walkers came out for the Inaugural Central Texas “Walk Strong to Cure JM”.

Organized by a team of parents led by Walk Chair April Duley, the event was a smashing success raising over $150,000 for JM research.

After walking one mile through the Lakeway City Park families arrived back at the walk site for food, face painting, and activities. One highlight of the walk was the games and prizes, organized by Andrea Ratliff and her family.

Girls in Superhero Costumes“The games were the bomb,” said one eight year old boy. “I loved winning the prizes.” 

Super heroes and cartoon characters also attended and entertained the walkers. Local football players and volunteers from Sam’s Club staffed the event – a big thank you to Michelle and Juan Villalpando for arranging the volunteers.

“April Duley and the entire Texas team did a phenomenal job,” said Jim Minow, Cure JM Executive Director. “Raising over $150,000 was an outstanding accomplishment.”

Cure JM Foundation launched its Walk Strong to Cure JM™ program in 2016. At these events, Cure JM families, friends, neighbors, and other supporters in the local community band together to raise money for JM research through a family-friendly fundraising walk. These family fun festivals also help to raise awareness of JM in communities across the nation.

For more information about starting a walk or event in your community contact

And Texas Families, stay tuned --  the 2nd Annual Central Texas “Walk Strong to Cure JM” is coming in Spring 2018.

Walk Strong RunnerThank you to these families who made the event possible:

  • Walk Chair April Duley
  • Walk Vice Chairs Andrea Ratliff, Debra Skaggs, Sasha Sumling
  • Sponsor Chairs Donna Barker, Amy Sanders, Waylon and Ryane Sheffield
  • Family & Fundraising Chairs Danielle Britten, Cesar De La Canal, Jason and Dawn Gillespie, Jenny and John Kara, Amy Sanders, Sissy Taylor, Michelle Villalpando, Stacy Tuma
  • And a special thank you to Brent and Emma Hauser