Always for the Children

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Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Former Jacksonville Jaguars owners champion for rare disease

Category: General 

One little boy, who was granted just 15 years on this earth, touched a lot of people for the good.

Joshua Frase was born with myotubular myopathy (MTM), a rare genetic mutation of the MTM1 gene that makes it difficult for, primarily males, to crawl, walk and breathe on their own. His parents, Paul Frase, a former NFL defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and wife, Alison Rockett Frase, founded the Joshua Frase Foundation when Joshua was born with the disease.

Typically 70 percent of children born with MTM never celebrate their second birthday.

“My son Joshua’s Journey was a struggle between life and death,” said Rockett Frase. “His perseverance and character gave us guarded hope that he would live and not die. He inspired us to raise awareness and forge a path to find a cure for him and his peers.”

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