The Walk

Walk to Save Our Sons. A father's fight to save his son and all the sons & daughters living with Duchenne.

On Tuesday 21st March 2017, father and founder of Save Our Sons, Elie Eid, will begin a tough 300km walk around the Bay of Melbourne to help raise awareness and funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The 2017 Walk To Save Our Sons, supported by National Partner Chemist Warehouse, will see Elie and his 12-year old son Emilio, who was diagnosed with Duchenne in 2006, joined by other Victorian families affected by Duchenne.

Duchenne is a severe muscle-wasting condition which affects one in 3,500 boys. It is the number one genetic killer of young boys worldwide, affects girls in rare cases and to-date has no cure.

Funds raised by the Walk to Save Our Sons will go towards:

  • Medical equipment to improve the quality of life of Duchenne children
  • Placing a specialised Duchenne nurse in every Australian children’s hospital
  • Scientific research and clinical trials to find a cure for Duchenne

The 300km walk around the bay, along with a gala event at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium aims to raise up to $1.2 million. A specialist nurse is already funded for two years at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne with the aim of raising funds for a third year.

In the past 12 months, funds raised by Save Our Sons has seen the implementation of a specialised Duchenne nurse in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital for 2 years. Funds raised through the 2017 Walk to Save Our Sons will expand this role for a third year, as well as placing a specialised Duchenne nurse in hospitals throughout Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

See our Walkers below or back your local Chemist Warehouse store and donate generously!

Save our Sons Walkers


Last Day Walkers

This year & for the first time, The Walk to Save Our Sons opened 150 spots for the Last Day Walkers’ campaign (31st of March 2017) to join this movement.

Led by Elie Eid, the father and founder of Save Our Sons, celebrities including Johnny Ruffo, Ambassadors and Duchenne-affected families and supporters who will be taking the final 2.5km of their 300km, 10-day journey around the Bay of Melbourne.

Their aim is to raise funds and awareness of the Save Our Sons duchenne foundation with a grand arrival at 12pm Melbourne Crown - our venue partner hosting the finish line on the Crown Riverwalk - Queensbridge street end.

Note: Last Day Walkers welcome pack to be distributed at a Melbourne secret location 10am on the 31st of March.

Fundraising Statistics

450 Fundraisers

$492,940.27 Raised