rijo42 are incredibly proud to be supporting Joining Jack, an amazing charity based in Wigan.
Andy and Alex Johnson founded the charity after receiving the devastating diagnosis that their gorgeous son Jack, had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. There is currently no cure for DMD. Andy and Alex now dedicate their lives to raising money for research into the terminal condition.
One of the most common fatal genetic disorders, DMD affects approximately 1 in every 3500 boys globally and 20,000 new cases are reported each year. A ravaging muscle wasting-disease, DMD symptoms usually appear in boys before the age of 5. The disease follows a predetermined path, progressive weakness of muscles in the legs and pelvis spreading to the arms, neck and other parts of the body. Braces are usually required for walking by the age of 10 with most patients being confined to a wheelchair by the age of 12. Complete paralysis and intense breathing difficulties follow and tragically, death usually occurs by the age of 30.
Jack is four years old and like other children of his age is excitable, playfully cheeky and full of laughter. He loves to make dens and play games such as hide and seek and he’s very much looking forward to starting school. Heartbreakingly, what this beautiful happy little boy doesn’t yet know; is that he has an incurable terminal illness.
Jack’s Dad is former Rugby League star Andy Johnson. AJ signed for his hometown club Wigan Warriors at the age of 17 and played close to a hundred first team games. In his career Andy also played for Huddersfield Giants, London Broncos, Castlefield Tigers and Salford City Reds. Andy’s sporting connections have attributed to the charity’s many sports personality ambassadors, including Andy Farrell OBE, Shaun Edwards OBE, Jason Robinson OBE, Kris Radlinski MBE, Brian Carney, Gary Connolly, Danny Orr and Phil Clarke. Gorgeous ex Coronation Street and Wild At Heart actress Lucy-Jo Hudson is also an ambassador for Joining Jack.
As a parent, one can’t even begin to imagine the utter devastation caused from receiving this shattering news. Andy and Alex are doing everything in their power to help Jack and other children like him and we are thrilled to be able to support them in their quest.
rijo42 donated a rijo42 Uno home coffee machine gift pack to help raise funds at Joining Jack’s most recent event, JJ at the Gee Gees.
The evening was held at Derby House in Wrightington and featured live racing broadcast from Ascot. There were some very special guests in attendance, including JJ ambassador Lucy-Jo Hudson and Coronation Street star husband Alan Halsall (pictured below with rijo42 Sales Manager Sean Griffin) and Bradley Wiggins was amongst other famous faces showing their support. A special performance from X Factor’s Carolynne Poole was a treat for guests on the evening, along with an Irish Band and Hog Roast. The event was a great success and an enjoyable evening for everyone in attendance. rijo42 were happy to help and we look forward to working with this wonderful charity at future events.
rijo42 are Joining Jack, you should too! For more information on this incredible charity and to read more about the lovely Jack please visit www.joiningjack.org.