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Madera resident Justin Woods has continually defied the odds since he was diagnosed at age 8 with muscular dystrophy.

Doctors said he wouldn’t live past the age of 16, but Woods just celebrated his 21st birthday on Super Bowl Sunday.

“He’s still going to UC Davis, where they have a lot of studies going on for muscular dystrophy,” 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. “He’s still in a wheelchair, but we’re waiting for that cure that is right around the corner.”

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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