Here’s a short preview of a story that comes out in the American-Statesman on Saturday. It was a special honor to be able to report on Tim, Laura, Timothy and Andrew Revell. For the full story, go here — and spread the word on CureDuchenne.
Bursting with energy, Timothy and Andrew Revell are all over their Leander house. Their schoolwork is spread out on a counter near the kitchen, where their mother, Laura Revell, has been leading the boys through their lessons. When it is time to take a break and let a reporter ask questions of their salesman father, Tim Revell, the youngsters withdraw to a playroom where they have constructed an amazingly complicated track for mini-cars.
The sounds of their joyful curiosity and unforced companionship dance through the house. A single, unavoidable fact lingers over their lives: Timothy, 11, and Andrew, 8, grapple with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Almost no boys with the condition — and it’s virtually always boys who inherit the mutated gene that atrophies the body’s muscles — live past age 30.
“Our sons know they are different, that they are physically limited in things they can participate in,” father Tim says. “They don’t know the gory details. We chose to give them a normal life. Their daily routine is almost what every kid does.”