MDA Telethon Raises Money for Muscular Dystrophy

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The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon brought out volunteers for a good cause.

For 41 years, the telethon has informed and raised funds for the service and research programs of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The 21 and 1/2 hour long show is broadcasted on 190 stations across the country.

In Bryan-College Station, volunteers worked around the clock to raise money and spread awareness of the disease.

"I will do anything I can do to help people that are not as fortunate," Kristen Brown a volunteer with Iola's Student Council said. "I'm blessed to have good health, so it's just an honor to come help those who don't."

Last year's telethon raised $54.9 million in pledges and donations nationwide.
Seventy-seven cents from every dollar was directed to services.

"It's just a good cause that people are contributing their own money to help these people," Jessica Aljoe a volunteer with Iola's Student Council said. "I like to participate in it."

Jerry's Kids like Eric, a teenager from Houston, participated to show the twin cities what the telethon is all about.

"It's phenomenal how it impacts our school," Likeythya Blackman with TH Rogers School in Houston said. "Our children get involved by raising money to give back to the community, to give back to the Jerry Lewis Foundation, and to help children with disabilities as well."

The TH Rogers school for disabled students is part of the Houston Independent School District.
The school raised money for the telethon that in turn benefits its students.

"In some way, shape, or form the money always makes its way back to benefit students with disabilities," Blackman said.

So, as the phones rang, and the grand total climbed, research hours were earned to fight more than 40 neuromuscular diseases, so thousands of kids can live a better life.