Under the direction of the Frederick High School Athletic Leadership Council, FHS has started the Heart of a Warrior Alliance program. The vision for the Heart of a Warrior Alliance is for the athletes at Frederick High School to pair up with children in our community who are unable to live fully active lifestyles due to medical reasons, known as “teammates.” Our athletes dedicate their workouts, games, and competitions to these teammates and send weekly updates on their progress. Our teammates receive a family athletic pass for use at all of our regular season home games and apparel from sports currently in session. The purpose of this program is to form a collaborative partnership between our high school athletes and teammates that allows for mutual support.
Based upon an article published by the Carbon Valley Consumer Reports, this year we are teaming with the Romito family, whose three sons (ages 15, 9, and 7) have been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The disease causes muscle degeneration, resulting in an inability to walk and confinement to a wheelchair in the early teens. There is no treatment and no cure for DMD and those diagnosed have a life expectancy in the early 20s. With three children who either are or will be in wheelchairs, the Romito family needs a home with special accommodations; wider doors and hallways, lower counters, walk-in showers and other modifications to allow for use of the wheelchairs.
The Frederick High School Athletic Leadership Council will be collecting donations at their homecoming football game on September 23rd for the Romito family to support them in a purchase of a new home that better accommodates their sons. Please help us as we help a local family in need!
More information about the Romito family’s situation can be found here: http://kdvr.com/2016/06/