Facebook votes can help fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy
A Gainesville couple will donate $1 for every vote cast for "Darius Goes West."
Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 8:32 p.m.
People who would like to contribute to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research can trigger a dollar donation to the cause simply by showing their interest on Facebook, according to University of Florida faculty in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.
Starting now and until the end of the day Friday, Rick and Lelia Ginder, a Gainesville couple interested in supporting Duchenne muscular dystrophy research, will match every free Facebook Community Giving Challenge vote cast for "Darius Goes West" with a $1 donation, up to 20,000 votes.
The college recently hosted a special screening of the documentary "Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life" - the story of 15-year-old Darius Weems from Athens, Ga., as he leaves home for the first time.
Darius was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children worldwide.
The donations are being made on behalf of Dale "Little D" Ginder of Gainesville, who, like Darius, is contending with the disease.
"A mere two seconds of your time will raise $1 for the No. 1 genetic killer of children in the world," said Krista Vandenborne, who chairs the college's department of physical therapy.
The votes also will boost the film's chances of winning up to $1 million for Duchenne research in the Chase Community Giving Challenge, she said. The winning cause receives $1 million. Second- through sixth-place causes receive $100,000.
To participate, go to www.dariusgoeswest.org/votematch and vote.
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