MDA Muscle Walk set for April 26 on Rock River Rec Path along Sinnissippi Riverfront

Staff Report

Area residents will be taking a small step to make a big difference for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the 2014 Rockford Muscle Walk to help pay tribute to — and raise funds for — local children and adults served by MDA.

The Rockford Muscle Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m., April 26, at the Rock River Rec Path along the Sinnissippi Riverfront. Festivities will be taking place before and after the walk at the Rock River YMCA Log Lodge. For registration information, visit, or call the MDA office at (630) 598-0700.

MDA Muscle Walk is a fun and unifying program that encourages people to put their heart and “sole” into fighting back against muscle disease in support of the families served.

Participants are encouraged to rally their friends, family, and co-workers to walk as a team to help assist families in the Rockford area fighting muscle disease.

Last year, more than 50,000 people participated in MDA Muscle Walks across the country, raising a record-breaking $7 million. More than $15 million has been raised since the Walk’s inception in 2011.       

Funds raised at the Rockford Muscle Walk help support MDA’s global research program for muscular dystrophy and related diseases, including ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). It also helps send children to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, Ill., and supports comprehensive health care services at 200 MDA clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Northwestern, Lurie Children’s, Shriners and UIC.

For up-to-date information about the MDA Muscle Walk, visit the Facebook page at

To sign up for, or donate to, an MDA Muscle Walk, visit

From the April 23-29, 2014 issue

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