How Kobe Bryant’s Kindness Impacted Young Fan With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

As we continue to celebrate the lives of Kobe and his daughter Gianna, we’re once again reminded of Kobe’s kindness to others. Alex Llauro, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, is a great example of this. Kobe inspired him to become captain of his school’s flag football team, and he even scored a touchdown! It all […]

People Magazine – Two Scientists Vow to Find a Cure

When Valerie Pappas Llauro’s 5-year-old son Alexander was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a rare and fatal form of the genetic illness that primarily affects boys – doctors said her son’s only treatment options were “steroids and hope”. The steroids would help to slow down the muscle damage caused by his progressive disease, while […]

Trojan Outreach – Trojan Wish Alex Llauro

On Saturday, Oct. 19, 12-year-old Alex Llauro enjoyed a VIP experience as part of Trojan Outreach’s Trojan Wish program. Llauro, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2011, has always been a huge USC fan. Recently, he was named an honorary member of the 2019 USC Football team. And earlier this season, he came out to […]

Walking Strong: Living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Sometimes, it takes a world-shaking event to put things into perspective. For the Llauro family, this life-changing event came in the form of a happy, smiling bundle of joy. In 2005, Valerie Pappas Llauro gave birth to her first child, a baby boy. Alexander Llauro was just like any other cheerful baby. When he was […]