FREDERICK, Colo. (June 2016) -- For Father’s Day, a Weld County dad said his one wish would be to find a cure for his children.
Richard Romito and his wife Jamie have four sons. Their oldest is away at college. The younger three, Dominic, 15, Collin, 9, and Kaleb, 7, live at home and have been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The disease causes muscle degeneration. There is no treatment and no cure for DMD.
“They stop walking between the ages of 8 and 12. They’re on breathing machines in their late teens and their life expectancy right now is late teens to mid-20’s,” Richard Romito said.
Richard and Jamie started a nonprofit called The Romito Foundation to help kids with DMD feel normal. The money raised pays for summer camps, sporting events and other social activities for about 30 Colorado families.