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Dusty's Trail

DVD Release: Release Date: 8/25/2015

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  • Grades: 9-12
  • College/University
  • Adult
subjects
  • Documentary
  • Disease
  • Health
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Borneo
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Dusty's Trail

At the age of six, Dusty Brandom was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born. While life expectancy varies in each case, those with the disease rarely live past their 20s.

  • Length: 65 min
  • Director: Cath Jayasuriya

At the age of six, Dusty Brandom was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born. While life expectancy varies in each case, those with the disease rarely live past their 20s.

Dusty's family realized that their happy and playful child would suffer a long, progressively weakening condition until his heart and breathing muscles ceased to function. As a family, they united to learn as much as they could about the disease and to enjoy every moment in life, which eventually led Dusty to ask the question “how come there are no old people with Duchenne?” This inspired Dusty's mother, Catherine Jayasuriya, to form Coalition Duchenne in order to spread global awareness and raise funding for research and a cure. With the support of other affected families, they decide to scale Mt. Kinabalu, a sacred 13,455-foot high mountain, on the Malaysian island of Borneo. This is their journey.

  • DVD Catalog: CLS1207
  • DVD UPC: 881394120723

Reviews

"Very often, documentaries are informative, but it’s rare to find one with this much heart. Dusty’s Trail personally connects with you from the first frame, and envelops you in this family’s story: their joys, their struggles, and their incredible determination. In one hour, by the time they’ve reached the summit of the mountain, you feel like you’ve made the journey with them, and that they’re a part of your life. With one in 3,500 boys around the world born with this fatal disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy is something everyone should be aware of. Dusty’s Trail gives you not just objective awareness, but emotional awareness that will change the way you see these kids, and change you as a person."
- Ben Zaral, Emmy Award winner

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dvd extras

Conversation with Dusty
Mountain Guide Sing-a-long
Filmmaker Q+A
Doctors on Duchenne
Coalition Duchenne
Sabah Tourism Video