After Tyler Armstrong returned from climbing Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the continental US at 14,505 feet), he decided that he could use his climbing abilities to help others. At a barbeque Tyler met a boy with Duchenne. On the way home from the BBQ, Tyler was curious and asked why the boy could not climb up the stairs. His parents explained to him that the boy had a disease where the muscles were dying. Furthermore, that the disease only affected boys, and was typically discovered when the boys are about 4 or 5 years old. Tyler’s younger brother had just turned 5 and Tyler asked if his brother had Duchenne. His parents said no, but that there are an estimated 300,000 boys who suffer from Duchenne worldwide.
Tyler then requested to meet some more boys with Duchenne in our area. He quickly became friends with 3 of the boys with Duchenne. They would get together to swim and play video games. Tyler would often ask if there was a cure for the boys. His parents explained that there was not a cure, but that people were trying to find a cure. However, it takes a lot of money and interest to find cures. Tyler decided that he wanted to help find a cure so he chose to team up with Cure Duchenne to help raise money and awareness for the disease.
Before leaving for Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tyler’s friend Wil who has Duchenne gave Tyler his cross to keep Tyler safe on the mountain. Tyler carried Wil’s cross to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and took a picture for Wil.
On July 1, 2012 Tyler became the second youngest person ever to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro (19,336 feet) is the tallest mountain on the African continent. His ascent to the 19,336 ft. summit was to help raise funds and awareness for CureDuchenne, and for his friends, Wil, Hawken, and Suhail who have Duchenne.
Tyler has decided to continue his support for CureDuchenne when he attempts his next record breaking climbs. Tyler’s dream is that “One day they will find a cure so that kids with Duchenne can climb mountains with me.”