MDA Telethon set for Labor Day weekend

For many years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has provided a week at summer camp for youngsters. MDA Camp is a place where year-round skills are developed and where a child with a disability can dream of just being a kid, according to a KTVL press release. The MDA, through corporate sponsorships and individual donations, can make a kid's dream of going to camp come true.

For 37 years, NEWS 10 has been helping the MDA raise money to send a kid to camp and to fight for a cure, during the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon on KTVL-Channel 10.

This year's telethon broadcast will be hosted by NEWS 10's Trish Borucki, Libby Dowsett, Erin Guy, Melissa Enfield, Matthew Workman and Kevin Lollis. The broadcast begins Sunday, Sept.2, at 8 p.m. and runs through Monday, Sept. — to 4 p.m.

Last year's telethon raised more than $178,000 locally. That record amount stays primarily in the Rogue Valley to provide treatment, wheelchairs, special beds, summer camp and other needs unique to people with muscular dystrophy. Every dollar goes a long way toward providing care and research. A donation of $25 pays for a flu shot, $63 buys one minute of research, and $600 pays for one week of fun at MDA summer camp.

"Every donation makes a huge difference in the quality of life for people with muscular dystrophy," said telethon producer Kingsley Kelley. "Our local donations help our friends and neighbors with these devastating diseases. They show such enormous courage each and every day."

During the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, people can make donations by calling 779-7000. Donations for the MDA can be made year-round by calling 1-800-FightMD. People who would like to volunteer to help during the telethon can call 858-9815.

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