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GIVING BACK

Drink to Donate ANNUAL BEER FESTIVAL RAISES MONEY FOR CUREDUCHENNE WHEN MATTHEW DANIEL WAS DIAGNOSED

form of muscular dystrophy. The disease pri-

WITH DUCHENNE DISEASE, A TYPE OF MUS-

marily affects boys and in some rare cases girls,

CULAR DYSTROPHY, HIS PARENTS, MARTIN

who are usually diagnosed before their fifth

AND MELISSA, WERE DETERMINED TO DO

birthdays. As the disease progresses, everyday

SOMETHING TO HELP THE CAUSE. After

tasks become increasingly difficult, confining

launching a successful beer festival in his native

many patients to a wheelchair by age 12. Nearly

Memphis, Martin thought this type of fun, local

15,000 people in the United States are currently

event could be just the thing to raise funds and

living with Duchenne, and more than 300,000

awareness for Duchenne research and treatment.

are affected globally. CureDuchenne cares for

In 2010, Martin and Melissa founded Knoxville

those affected by Duchenne while also support-

Brewfest, a celebration of all things beer.

ing innovative technology to treat and eventu-

Matt McMillan was working in Knoxville’s

ally cure the disease.

craft beer market when he first connected with

The festival has historically raised between

Brewfest, and six years ago, he took over as the

$35,000 and $45,000 per year for CureDuchenne.

event coordinator.

Over the course of its eight-year history, Knoxville

“Brewers are the rock stars” of Knoxville

Brewfest has donated more than $200,000 from

Brewfest, he affirms, but the purpose is much

ticket sales and sponsorships, and they’re looking

bigger. All net proceeds from the event go to sup-

forward to topping their goals this year.

port CureDuchenne, a national organization that

Rain or shine, the event attracts close to

not only funds research on Duchenne, but it also

2,500 attendees, vendors and volunteers to the

aids patients and families through education and

World’s Fair Park and will highlight more than

community support.

80 breweries from around the country with the

“Martin and Melissa started Brewfest for a

opportunity for patrons to sample nearly 300

great cause,” Matt says, and the event leaders are

styles of beer and cider. Several popular Knoxville

committed to the conviction that started it all. “We

breweries will be among the vendors, including

continue to financially support CureDuchenne in

Balter Beerworks, Crafty Bastard Brewery, The

their goals to care for and find a cure for such a

Pretentious Beer Glass Company, Chisolm Tavern

devastating genetic disorder.”

Brewery and Printshop Beer Company. More

Characterized

by

muscular

weakness,

Duchenne is the most common and severe

information and tickets are available online at KnoxvilleBrewFest.com.

ARTICLE MARY BETH UNTHANK | PHOTOGRAPHY AARON L. RUSSELL

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