A local nonprofit organization that aims to raise money to help those afflicted with muscular dystrophy is set to host a Trivia Bike Run for the first time on Saturday.
The Justin Woods Foundation was started by Madera resident Sandy Smith 12 years ago after learning about her grandson’s diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is one form of the muscular dystrophy group of genetic diseases that cause muscle weakness and loss. It is more common in boys than girls and is usually detected in early childhood. Woods was diagnosed at age 8 and is now 21.
The organization raises funds for research to find a cure for muscular dystrophy.
TJWF also helps to send children and young adults affected by muscular dystrophy to a week-long summer camp. Smith and other members have raised money over the years through sales of chocolate roses, dinners, car washes, bakes sales and collecting aluminum cans, among many fundraisers...