Jimmy Billingsley is a very bright energetic boy who sometimes wonders and asks why he can't be like his peers. Jimmy’s parents, Jeff and Jean Billingsley, first noticed he was different during his developmental stages when he could not crawl, and did not start walking until he was 20 months old. Even when he started walking, it was very shaky; Jimmy could not run and jump like the other kids and he had unusually large calves.
In September 2001, the family visited a neurologist who informed them that Jimmy had Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne. Jimmy’s parents were devestated to learn that this is the most severe form of MD, and Jimmy’s life expectancy might only be into his late teens or early 20's. Since his diagnosis, Jimmy’s health has declined rapidly and he was confined to a wheelchair in August of 2004.
Jimmy is truly an incredible kid, and served as an Ambassador for the MD Muscle Gala in Cleveland in March 2006. Jean and Jeff are active in the PTA and recently fundraised for a handicap accessible playground in their community.
Betterment's support through this event went to help Jimmy maintain some of his independence. Each day, his parents had to help him use the bathroom, shower, and get dressed. Now we have been able to help make Jimmy’s bathroom accessible for him to use by himself, like other kids his age. The family is very grateful to you for your generosity!