The Jett Foundation is dedicated to ending Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
In 2001, Christine and Stephen McSherry started the Jett Foundation after learning the devastating news that their then five-year-old son Jett had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) – the most common and lethal childhood genetic disorder in the world affecting one in every 3,500 male births. Most children with DMD are confined to a wheelchair by the time they are 12 years of age and succumb to the disease in their late teens due to respiratory complications. To date there is no acceptable treatment or cure for DMD, a realization that temporarily paralyzed the McSherrys and their five children; but not for long. Feeling revitalized by the love and support of family and friends, Christine and Stephen McSherry were determined to save Jett and the thousands of boys like him by establishing a foundation dedicated to searching for and funding DMD research that will ultimately cure this deadly disease.
The mission of the Jett Foundation is to increase worldwide awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy with the purpose of raising and appropriating funds for research that will realize a cure for this fatal disease and ensure that children like Jett have the opportunity to enjoy a full life. While our efforts are ongoing and we will not stop until we find a cure, we recognize that time is of the essence for many of these young boys and that significant financial support is needed now to help make a difference in their lives.