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Published May 03, 2012, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Beating the odds - Mark Boatman


Mark Boatman, who suffers from Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, has not missed any of his journalism classes while a student at the University of Montana. Here, Boatman is part of a journalism ethics class. Justine Schulerud/Special to The Forum

  • Mark Boatman, who suffers from Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, has not missed any of his journalism classes while a student at the University of Montana. Here, Boatman is part of a journalism ethics class. Justine Schulerud/Special to The Forum
  • One of seven pug dogs that live with Mark Boatman and his roommates. The pugs are constant companions to Boatman who will soon graduate with a degree in journalism. Special to The Forum
  • Carol Mahavier, a nurse, helps Mark Boatman out of bed before a day of classes at the Univeristy of Montana. Boatman was diagnosed with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy as a child. Justine Schulerud / Special to The Forum
  • Mark Boatman was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy as a child. The disease hinders muscle control, leaving him unable to make basic movements such as breathing and eating. Yet Boatman will graduate from the University of Montana with a degree in journalism this month. Justine Schulerud / Special to The Forum