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How A Teen Who Can't Mountain Climb Got His Name On Top Of Mt. Everest

The San Ramon Valley High School student’s name is displayed on a flag on the world's tallest peak, thanks to a special expedition. Danville, CA By How many people reading this have been to Mt. Everest? Sixteen-year-old Alex Maddux, a sophomore at San Ramon Valley High School, hasn’t, but his name is on a flag there.

Maddux has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. A few months ago his mother Kim became aware of an expedition to Everest Base Camp with a flag carrying the names of 1,000 Duchenne patients--both in honor of current patients and in memory of those who’ve passed away. Kim immediately had Alex’s name added to the Hope-Memory flag.
“Anything that I can do to get the word out about Duchenne’s, I’ll do,” Kim Maddux told Patch. “To spread the word and fund research.”

While Alex can still walk, he rides a scooter to school. K…