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10km walk raises £30,000 for two Co Down brothers to receive pioneering, lifesaving treatment in US

Brody and Cooper Peden

A 10km walk around Newry has helped raise more than £30,000 for two Co Down brothers to receive pioneering, lifesaving treatment in the United States.

Hundreds of people donned their walking boots to help raise funds in support of Brody (8) and Cooper (5) Peden, who have a rare and severe form of muscular dystrophy that is incurable and life-limiting.

Thanks to ground-breaking treatment they are receiving, the two boys are making great progress, but the family cannot fund the treatment in the US without the help and support of family, friends and the local community as costs amount to £150,000 each year.

In a bid to help, Newry-headquartered company Around Noon held a fundraising walk last month with participants making their way round the city.

Twenty teams registered for the event, raising the five-figure sum to help cover treatment costs for the two young boys as they continue their fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

All money raised from the walk will enable the brothers to go to the US for treatment, covering their practical needs, including medical expenses and the cost of travel and accommodation.

It will also help fund other future trips for the treatment.

Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon said: "We’re extremely proud of the incredible effort of our colleagues, their friends, family and the whole community who really stepped up their fundraising efforts for the recent 10k walk.

"The brothers are very much a part of the Around Noon family and theirs is such an important cause. The funds raised are a massive boost for the Brody + Cooper appeal."

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