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Bold Journey Shines a Spotlight on Valerie’s Journey to ‘Walking Strong’ for Duchenne

Valerie Pappas Llauro was featured in an article on Bold Journey. Here she is pictured with her son, daughter and husband.

Valerie Pappas Llauro was recently featured in an article on Bold Journey, where her journey unfolds. In 2011, her son’s diagnosis with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy set her on an unexpected path. This rare genetic disease prompted her to establish ‘Walking Strong,’ a foundation dedicated to raising awareness, funding research for Duchenne, aiding families with medical […]

A Big Fat Greek Fundraiser

My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser donations to Walking Strong

A Big Fat Greek Fundraiser for Walking Strong with Nia Vardalos! In Celebrating the opening of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 – Fr. Gary Kyriacou / St. Sophia Cathedral, Nia Vardalos and I joined together to celebrate Nia’s Directorial debut and Walking Strong! The sold-out event was a special screening of My Big Fat […]

Helping Hunter and Carlos – and Their Moms!

Young male with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using a assistive lift device that was donated by Walking Strong

Assistive lift devices for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy At Walking Strong, our mission is to provide essential assistance to individuals and families facing the challenges of muscular dystrophy. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest, regardless of the obstacles they may encounter. Today, we want to share the heartwarming […]

Power Soccer League Defies the Odds – A Triumph of Spirit

LASC Power Soccer Team tournament winners

A Journey of Six Teenage Boys Battling Duchenne, Uniting as a Team, and Triumphing as Champions When we first received the devastating diagnosis of Duchenne for our son, Alex, our dreams of him sharing the love of sports and playing competitively seemed shattered. However, seven years later in 2018, everything changed when we discovered U.S. […]

Walk Strong With Us and Change The Lives of Those With Duchenne

There is no greater satisfaction than helping those in need, easing their burden, and bringing joy into their lives. When we started the foundation, in order to raise money for research and create awareness, we did not realize that our core mission would become helping Duchenne families overcome their many struggles with Duchenne.  We have […]

Donation for a Cure During Social Distancing

During this pandemic when the world is so uncertain, Walking Strong has not wavered in helping numerous families that have come to us for assistance as well as donate much-needed funds to our clinic,  The Center For Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA (CDMD). Helping families and funding research is what keeps us going and continuing with […]