The Town of Petawawa Fire Department presented Colby Audette with an NHL Corey Perry jersey to thank him for his efforts raising money and awareness for muscular dystrophy. From left are Mayor Bob Sweet, Gloria Audette, Colby Audette, Deputy Fire Chief Craig Proulx, Firefighter John Murray, Captain Brodie McDonald and Firefighter Chris Macdonald. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Special thank you for raising awareness, funds for Muscular Dystrophy

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Town of Petawawa Fire Department presented Colby Audette with a signed NHL jersey for his efforts helping raise money for muscular dystrophy.

Colby suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), but still volunteers his time and helps run fundraisers. Notably, the annual Colby’s Crusade in May helps raise several thousand dollars every year.

His hard work aligns perfectly with the 800 fire departments and associations across Canada who also raise money and awareness for muscular dystrophy.

Together, they raise over $3 million annually.

Locally, Colby makes a huge difference and the firefighters wanted to recognize his efforts with a Corey Perry shirt.

“I’m told that it is Colby’s favorite NHL player,” said Deputy Fire Chief Craig Proulx.

“We would like to thank Colby for his dedication and his help and we look forward to many more years,” he added.

Colby was diagnosed with DMD when he was eight years old on March 3, 2011. This rare condition affects one in every 3,600 boys. It progressively weakens the muscles in the arms, legs, and trunk until it begins to affect the respiratory and cardiac muscles. There is no cure.

Proper care can be very expensive, as much of the needed equipment is not covered by insurance. So fundraisers and donations are often integral to these young people’s welfare.

Getting recognition is something that Colby is very grateful for.

“It is so important for them to take time out of their busy schedules to come out and volunteer their time to raise money,” said his mother Gloria Audette. “With the support of the community, we are very grateful. Words alone cannot say that. These guys have been great.”