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Fifth Annual Picnic in the Park Includes 2 Days of Live Music, Poker, Kids Games and Family Fun; Join the Fun and Help Derail Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

On July 27th and 28th John Owen’s Adventure, Inc (JOA) will hold the fifth annual Picnic in the Park to raise awareness for a cure to the most lethal genetic disease affecting young boys, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), at German Central in Parma Ohio.

North Royalton, OH, July 23, 2012 --( As always, the Picnic in the Park is free and open to the community. This year will consist of Two fun-filled nights instead of just one. Friday, July 27th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. will include a Texas Hold’em No-Limit tournament, beer, great food and live bands including Liverpool Lads, Masters of Disasters and Squish the Band.

Saturday, July 28th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. will include Tons of games for adults and kids, raffle baskets worth over $30k in prizes, more great food and more live music. Saturday will feature the bands Burning River Ramblers, Jabez and The Polka Pirates.

JOA was formed in 2008 by Tony and Jen Dumm of North Royalton, Ohio and is named after their 8-year-old son John Owen who battles DMD. All JOA proceeds are donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. These groups work tirelessly to find a cure for DMD.

“Living with DMD for the past five years has made us stronger and even more dedicated to finding a cure,” said Jen Dumm. “John Owen and all the other boys fighting this terrible disease inspire us to live our lives to the fullest and not waste a moment.”

“We feel blessed to have such a supportive community and want to celebrate with you all. So join us for two days of fun to derail DMD. I promise you will have a great time.”

Register at by July 25th for the Texas Hold’em tournament to receive an extra $250 in poker chips. The Picnic sponsors included Pat Catan’s, Robert J Rice, Bentley Family, Dairy Queen - Sprague Rd location, DAS and Famous Dave’s legendary Bar-B-Que.

DMD is 100% fatal and typically only affects boys. A very tiny part of the boy’s X chromosome was deleted. This deletion makes it impossible for him to build muscles because the message ‘build dystrophin’ never gets to his brain.

Eventually, all of the muscles in his body will breakdown making it impossible to walk, eat and breathe. Soon after that his little heart muscles will breakdown as well and we will be forced to say goodbye to him well before he has fully enjoyed his 20’s. One in 3,500 boys has DMD.

For more information on JOA visit or call 440-230-1555
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