Conrad Schools of Science | End Muscle Disease

Red Wolves Football Team Leads School Fight Against Neuromuscular Disease

STUDENT-ATHLETE, JON PISOCKI, INSPIRES SCHOOL TO EMPOWER LOCAL MUSCLE CHAMPIONS IN NEED

WILMINGTON, DE - Balancing an occupation with a school schedule may be difficult for scholars to accomplish. Early mornings and late nights can feel relentless. If you add double session practices to the mix, it may seem impossible. Conrad Schools of Science Senior, Jon Pisocki, is familiar with the schedule. The scholar-athlete worked hard during double session football practices this summer and prepared for the start of the school year, while holding down a job at Delaware Swim & Fitness Center - a local gymnasium and fitness center. John understands the significance of hard work and dedication. He is son of Jonlun Pisocki, a registered nurse, and Stefan Pisocki, a registered dietitian. Not to mention, Jonlun and Stefan were referred to as the "Schwarzeneggers" during their prime in bodybuilding competition. Stefan was the 1987 Junior Tall American Natural Bodybuilding Conference Champion and Jonlun also competed and modeled. Jonlun and Stefan understand the significance of hard work and have worked to instill the same values and ethics in John, which have motivated him to fully embrace the opportunities he has in life.

John met Muscle Movement Foundation (MMF) President, Rob DeMasi, during a shift at Delaware Swim & Fitness Center this summer. He quickly learned of the MMF, Mr. DeMasi's survivor story, and the obstacles that the MMF families endure. Jon Pisocki saw an opportunity to make a difference and immediately sprung into action. Jon immediately inspired his coaches to join the MMF for the fall season. Head Football Coach Bob Wolford was thrilled to have the opportunity to have his student-athletes dedicate their season to winning on and off the field - in honor of over one million Americans affected by muscle disease. Coach Wolford and staff invited President, Rob DeMasi, to speak to the team prior to the start of this season. 

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Jon Pisocki's initiative did not stop here. He furthered his knowledge about community service learning and researched additional schools who have implemented active Muscle Movement Foundation clubs on campus. John requested a meeting with his principal, Mr. Mark Pruitt, to discuss the establishment of a club. Through the month of September, Jon organized the logistics of the club. Staffed by Coach Francis Gregor, the Muscle Movement Foundation at Conrad Schools of Science will launch this November! In the meantime, the Muscle Movement Foundation message is actively spreading throughout the school!

On September 16th, 2017, Conrad welcomed two special individuals at the Red Wolves' first home football game of the season. Muscle Champions, Eddie Hazeldine and Josh Wallace, were signed to the team by way of the MMF's Charity of Champions Program. The Charity of Champions Program pairs Muscle Champions - individuals living and refusing to lose to muscle disease - with athletic teams across the country. Eddie and Josh are living and refusing to lose to duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. DMD is inherited by way of an x-linked recessive pattern - generally boys inherit the gene from their mother. Individuals affected by DMD lose their ability to walk around 12 years of age; however, sometimes this occurs sooner or later depending on the progression of the disease. Although the disease may present obstacles for DMD Muscle Champions, and their families, MMF and their partnered schools/athletic teams have provided accommodations to empower families in need. 

(left) Muscle Champion, Josh Wallace, and (right) Muscle Champion, Eddie Hazeldine, ride to the coin toss with the Conrad Football Captains!

(left) Muscle Champion, Josh Wallace, and (right) Muscle Champion, Eddie Hazeldine, ride to the coin toss with the Conrad Football Captains!

Although DMD may present obstacles for DMD Muscle Champions, and their families, the MMF and their partnered schools/athletic teams have provided accommodations to empower families in need. Muscle Champion, Eddie Hazeldine, has experienced this support first hand. Eddie Hazeldine joined several athletic teams in 2016. By way of the Muscle Movement Foundation, the Hazeldine family received a wheelchair accessible automobile and wheelchair accessible ramp for their home, which significantly improved the quality of life of Eddie and his family. Eddie now has the autonomy that every teenage boy deserves! Muscle Champion, Eddie Hazeldine, is taking initiative to support Muscle Champion, Josh Wallace, as he is new to the Muscle Movement Fnd. In addition to Muscle Champion, Eddie Hazeldine, Jon Pisocki, and the football team, support for Josh Wallace continues to spread throughout campus!

Mr. Rob Naylor poses with the Muscle Movement Foundation Instagram frame!

Mr. Rob Naylor poses with the Muscle Movement Foundation Instagram frame!

Muscle Champions, Josh Wallace and Eddie Hazeldine, shake hands with the team's competition.

Muscle Champions, Josh Wallace and Eddie Hazeldine, shake hands with the team's competition.

Conrad Cheerleaders pose in the Muscle Movement Fnd. Instagram frame!

Conrad Cheerleaders pose in the Muscle Movement Fnd. Instagram frame!

Students, Skyler Poore and Emily Testa, are completing their community service hours with the Muscle Movement Foundation.

Students, Skyler Poore and Emily Testa, are completing their community service hours with the Muscle Movement Foundation.

If any students would like to join the Muscle Movement Foundation at Conrad Schools of Science, please feel free to speak with the club President, Jon Pisocki, or Mr. Gregor. If you are interested in volunteering for the Muscle Movement Foundation, please feel free to fill out the VOLUNTEER FORM, which is accessible on the home page of www.MuscleMovementFoundation.org!

It takes a team effort to fight muscle disease. Thank you Red Wolves!

 

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