Family Shows Heart In Fight Against MD

(WIBW) - 12-year old Breckin Cubie is a seventh grader who you can bet would rather be in a swimming pool or at an arcade with friends rather than in a doctor's office.

Breckin's dad, Bruce, describes his son as a normal kid who just happens to have muscular dystrophy.
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Bruce and Breckin's mom, Carol, say Breckin was eight years old and showing a talent for baseball when his coaches noticed he ran differently. They suggested he get checked for heel cord tightness, but when all the testing was done, the diagnosis came back as Duchenne dystrophy.

While they admit they were initially devastated by the diagnosis, Carol says they also knew that when he woke up the next morning, he would still be the same Breckin.

These days, pushing forward means closely monitoring Breckin's condition, especially his heart.

KU Medical Center pediatric cardiologist Dr. Kenneth Goertz says most children and teens will develop a condition which makes the heart becomes weaker, just as the skeletal muscles become weaker.

Goertz sees Breckin at Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center in Topeka, through a partnership between them and KU Med. It means the Cubies don't have to travel an extra hour to Kansas City for those appointments.

The regular checkups are vital because if Dr. Goertz sees signs breckin's heart is weakening, he can intervene early with medications. Goertz says they won't be able to prevent the deterioration, but it could slow it down and hold decent function for a period of time.

That is good news for a young man who's determined to move full speed into his future.

Carol says they try to make every day the best it can be. Bruce agrees. He says their family motto is, "It is what it is." Whether it's 100 years or 20 years, Bruce says, they will do the best with what they have.

Be sure to join Melissa Brunner and Ralph Hipp for the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon live from Briggs KIA Car Corner, starting Sunday, Sept. 6, following 13 News at 10.


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