Muscular Dystrophy

Stephen M. Bailey, designed greeting cards and waged lifelong fight against rare disorder

Stephen M. Bailey, designed greeting cards and waged lifelong fight against rare disorder

Stephen M. Bailey, a longtime survivor of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder, who designed and created greeting cards, died Tuesday of the disease at his Perry Hall home.

He was 51.

The son of John Bailey Sr., a retired Baltimore County public schools administrator, and Marion Bailey, a registered nurse, Stephen Michael Bailey was born in Baltimore and raised in Perry Hall.

Mr. Bailey was 5 years old when he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare degenerative neuromuscular disease for which there is no cure. It causes muscles in the body to atrophy until a person loses all ability to move or breathe.

By the time he reached the...