On Friday 15 April, Elie will embark on a gruelling 351km journey which will see him push his son Emilio’s wheelchair from Albury to Melbourne. He will be walking for a very special reason. He will be walking to save his son.
Joined by a team of dedicated parents and supporters, every step that Elie takes will help raise important awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) - the condition that has plagued his family since Emilio’s diagnosis some eight years ago.
Elie is walking for not just his family, but for all of the families impacted by DMD. He is walking to give the thousands of young boys and girls battling this cruel condition a fighting chance at life.
“Pushing the wheelchair is a particularly important part of the walk for me, as it signifies the difficult truth that families such as mine are faced with. Every step we take is for every child who can no longer walk.
“The wheelchair is where all children with DMD end up. Unless we find a cure, it’s the only thing we’re left with when it takes their life at such a young age.”
Sponsored by Chemist Warehouse, the 2016 Walk to Save Our Sons aims to raise more than $500,000 to fund partnerships with children’s hospitals throughout Australia, helping improve the quality of life of children affected by DMD.
Elie, Emilio and the team will be stopping at selected
Chemist Warehouse stores throughout their journey, eventually arriving in Melbourne’s Federation Square on Wednesday 27 April.
Visit www.saveoursons.org.au to follow Elie’s journey on the 2016 Walk to Save Our Sons.