Australia's leading material handling equipment supplier, Toyota Material Handling is helping to raise research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a degenerative muscle disease mostly affecting boys.
Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) is a major sponsor of Save Our Sons, a charitable organisation seeking to raise public awareness and much-needed funding for research on the disease.
The highlight of this year's fundraising program is the Save Our Sons Play for a Cure - Casino Royale poker tournament at Sydney's Australian Technology Park on Saturday May 11, hosted by World Poker Champion Joe Hachem.
The first prize includes flights to a seat in the World Series of Poker Tournament in Las Vegas and $3000 towards airfare and accommodation.
TMHA executive vice president and COO Steve Takacs said the company was honoured to be part of the Save Our Sons campaign to find a cure for DMD, which he described as a ‘terrible disease, with children battling against the clock to stay self-sufficient without the need for a wheelchair and, ultimately, to survive’.
Save Our Sons was founded by Sydney train driver Eli Eid and his best mate, contract painter Bass Abboud, after Eid's son was diagnosed with DMD. The charity is seeking to fund a human clinical trial with the aim of finding a cure for the disease.
DMD is a form of muscular dystrophy characterised by aggressive muscle degeneration, leading to the inability to walk and eventually death due to heart and lung failure. The disease only affects boys, with symptoms presenting themselves before the age of five.