- Social Innovation Fellowship
The BeckerMD.org Peer Mentoring Program is a mentoring program for Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) patients and their caregivers. BMD is a rare genetic disease that typically causes progressive, muscle weakness over several decades, which presents a unique set of emotional and physical transitions. The BMD Peer Mentoring Program emphasizes the value of a longer term, one-on-one mentoring relationship. It functions on the premise that newly diagnosed individuals could strongly benefit from hearing a more experienced mentor’s perspectives, which can sometimes be difficult to come by given the rarity of BMD. It aims to promote discussion, provide support, and to encourage more recently diagnosed patients to develop an empowered attitude towards their futures.