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Foundation’s namesake is newly engaged

When Madera resident Justin Woods was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy nearly 12 years ago at the age of 8, doctors said he would never live past the age of 16.

Today, Woods is a 20- year-old college student who recently became engaged to Marissa Esquibel, his girlfriend of about 10 months, from Easton.

“Since he’s met Marissa his life has changed. It’s almost like he’s been born again,” said his grandmother, Sandy Smith, who is also the treasurer of The Justin Woods Foundation, which raises money to send kids with muscular dystrophy to summer camp and to help find a cure for the disease.

Smith and Woods’ mother, Amy Bacon, started the foundation in 2001, about a year after Woods was officially diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy...


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