Hudson mother, son raising money for specialized running chair

HUDSON — During a run along the rail trail earlier this spring, Jake Marrazzo spurred his mother on as she started training for an upcoming triathlon.

“Faster,” he said as she pushed him in a mobility stroller. “I want to feel the wind in my hair.”

As a casual jogger, Sheryl Marrazzo had a quick answer for her 15-year-old son.

“I’m going as fast as I can,” she said.

Jake, a freshman at Hudson High School, has been unable to walk since April 2015 after being diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in January 2011 — a few days before his 8th birthday. The disease is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Hudson Teacher Helps Student Making Tough Transition

This article was written by Paul Burton and published on WBZ-TV on November 6, 2015 at 6:14 pm.

BOSTON (CBS) – Jake Marrazzo, 12, is learning a lot of hard lessons about life but his approach to it is inspiring those around him, especially his substitute teacher Melissa Ansley. “I can’t walk anymore. I originally could when I was little,” Jake said. Jake suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. “Every morning he would say ‘good morning’ with this big smile and I thought if someone like that can be happy every day what do we have to complain about,” Ansley said. Jake’s mother Sheryl Marrazzo says her son is a fighter. “It’s like ALS but in children,” she says. “If you can imagine watching someone you love with all your heart struggle it’s hard wrenching.”

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