By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Bay Ridge mom hoping for a cure for her son’s rare disease hosted a fun day in an amusement park for hundreds of families to raise money for research. Dayna Scarso, whose three-year-old son Pietro suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), organized the “Bump, Crash, and Smash DMD” event at the Adventurer’s Family Entertainment Center in Bath Beach on a recent Friday afternoon.
The event was sponsored by www.pietrosfight.org, the website Dayna Scarso and her husband Mannie started to raise awareness of DMD, a disease that affects motor skills and occurs in one out of every 3,500 male births.
Little Pietro Scarso was diagnosed with the disease last year. There is no treatment and no cure. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle first reported on the plight of the http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/bay-ridge-parents-seek-cure-son%E2... Scarso family back in January when the family was planning its first fundraiser. At that time, Dayna Scarso recalled that Pietro was two years old when she noticed something was wrong with him. The little boy moved much more slowly than his peers in the local playground. "And I noticed he also had trouble climbing the stairs," she told the Eagle. It took numerous trips to several doctors before a specialist was able to diagnose Pietro.
Ever since learning of the diagnosis, Dayna her husband and Mannie, a broker for privaet jet companies, have worked tirelessly to raise money for research into a cure for DMD.
More than 400 people came to Adventurers, formerly known as Nellie Bly Amusement Park, for the recent fundraising event.
“The Brooklyn community has selflessly taken on Pietro's fight, embracing him with open arms, and with that, the fighters behind him have become the backbone of the foundation,” Scarso told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle via email.
Kids had fun partaking in activities organized by the owners of two Bay Ridge businesses, The Art Room studio and Kaleidoscope toy store. There was also music, dancing, and food.
The event raised $35,000 for www.pietrosfight.org. “Every parent who brought their child to the event led by example; showing children how to support one another and how to be an integral part of their community. Community based events such as ‘Bump, Crash and Smash DMD’ are the examples that our children learn from, setting the foundation for a future generation of supporters,” Scarso wrote in her email.