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Birmingham boy's battle against terminal disease leads to cross-country ride

Gabe suffers from a terminal muscular disease. (Source: WAFF) Gabe suffers from a terminal muscular disease. (Source: WAFF)

A little boy from Birmingham is fighting a deadly disease, but his parents still have hope.

Gabe Griffin's family started the Hope for Gabe Foundation for their son and other boys like him. The 9-year old suffers from Duchenne, a terminal muscle disease. It affects 1 in every 3,500 newborn boys.

Gabe's dad, Scott Griffin, said Gabe is normal in every way, but that this disease is killing him. He spoke about their ride and their fight for awareness during a stop in Huntsville on Wednesday.

"The reality is by 10 or 12 he's going to be in a wheelchair. And then 17-20 is about the average that these boys die. I believe we can beat this thing," he said.

There is a treatment that's been in a clinical trial for 3 years. Scott said it's proven to be safe and effective with no side effects, however, the FDA is requiring the drug company to put the treatment through additional tests.

The Hope for Gabe Foundation is raising money to search for a cure.

You can learn more about Gabe and how to help on the Cacebook page "Hope for Gabe."

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