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More than $20,000 was raised at the 2014 Rockford Muscle Walk held at the Rock River Rec Path along the Sinnissippi Riverfront April 26 to benefit children and adults in the Rockford area served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Teams of families and friends of those affected by neuromuscular disease participated in the walk wearing Muscle Walk T-shirts, team T-shirts, carrying signs and sporting walk tattoos to help raise funds in support of vital health care services and day-to-day support, as well as life-changing worldwide research in search of treatments and cures for dozens of life-threatening muscle diseases.
“More than 100 people turned out for this year’s walk, and we are grateful to the Rockford community for putting their heart and ‘sole’ into fighting back against muscle disease,” said MDA Fund-raising Coordinator Molly Stepney. “We’d also like to thank The YMCA of Rock River Valley and Rockford Park District for its generosity in supporting MDA Muscle Walk and allowing our families, local businesses and the public to unite and collectively create such a successful event this year.”
MDA Muscle Walk is composed of a series of non-competitive local walks held across the country. Now in its third year, it is the largest event series of its kind in the United States, with approximately 150 walks throughout the nation scheduled from February through November.
In 2013, more than 50,000 people participated in MDA Muscle Walks across the country that raised 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.
The MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fund-raising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.
Posted May 8, 2014