Chris Carrino talks about life with MD

Updated: April 13, 2011
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Nets radio voice Chris Carrino has been living with a secret for almost two decades.

The 40-year-old, who has spent the past decade describing the franchise’s run at NBA titles early in the decade to the misery of recent losing seasons, has done it with his body being gradually attacked by a form of muscular dystrophy.

Carrino has facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, one of nine types of MD, and this one has neither a treatment nor a cure.

“I have always been reluctant to talk about it because I never wanted to seem different,” Carrino said. “I never wanted to be treated differently. It took me a while to talk to the people, even friends. It’s something I felt that as long as I could get away with people not knowing, it would be fine.”

Carrino is doing more than talking these days about his debilitating disease. He has launched the Chris Carrino Foundation for FSHD.

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