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Hundreds turned out to the charity event at Captain Lawrence in Elmsford.
Captain Lawrence owner Scott Vaccaro, center, with Jessica and Christopher Curran, founders of Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy

ELMSFORD, N.Y. – Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy’s third annual benefit was held at Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. in Elmsford on Saturday, June 9. Lewisboro residents Jessica and Christopher Curran brought awareness and raised funds for Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy to advance research toward a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The Currans’ 7-year-old son, Conner, was diagnosed with DMD at the age of 5.

With a crowd of about 500 attendees and a message of hope, the Currans raised more $140,000 at the Captain Lawrence event. The Currans thanked Scott Vaccaro, a Lewisboro native, and owner of Captain Lawrence, for offering his venue. The event was also sponsored by O’Brien Excavation, Druthers Brewing Company, Fortis Lux Financial, Sports Tech Construction, Schmitt Excavating, Milestones for Munchkins, Ack Beverage, Amy Mosley and Partners and Y Design.

The following restaurants and individuals also provided food, beverages, entertainment and ambience: Angelo’s Specialties, Carriage House, Chez Lenard Gourmet Hot Dogs, DJ Mike Ackerley, Exit 4, Faith Bible Chapel, Katie Mae Photography, Katonah Woods, Lexington Square Cafe, Peppino’s, Prime Taco, Pumphouse Wines, Tigers Den, The Cookery, The Whitlock, Think Visual NYC, Tom Pesce Magic, Quaker Hill Tavern, Village Social, and What’s Cooking.

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a progressive muscle-wasting disease that primarily affects boys. Currently, most do not survive past early adulthood. As devastating as this diagnosis is, the Currans are hopeful for Conner and other DMD children. Scientists are working to find a cure. New research and gene therapy clinical trials are currently being conducted.

To date, Kindness over Muscular Dystrophy has raised about $560,000 and all proceeds have gone to fund research and clinical trials. The Currans have partnered with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest charity organization focusing on ending Duchenne.

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