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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 needs, and providing vital mental wellness support. Through the Walking Strong organization, Valerie has left a profound impact, assisting over 150 families and raising more than $1.5 million.

Valerie’s story, which shifted from a career in the film industry to leading a non-profit focused on Duchenne, beautifully illustrates the unpredictability and resilience of life’s purpose. Read the full story on Bold Journey.”

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 began with a note from Alex’s godmother telling Kobe about him. Kobe said he wanted to help him and their foundation Walking Strong, and that included a surprise meeting with Alex. Alex and his mother Valerie spoke to Access Hollywood co-host Kit Hoover all about their special memories with the NBA star.

USC Head Coach Clay Helton made 13-year-old Alex Llauro an honorary member of the team.

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