Labor Day and the MDA Labor Day Telethon – two events this weekend.
The first Telethon was held in 1955 at Carnegie Hall in New York. The 16½-hour show raised $600,000 for MDA. In 2010, pledges and donations to the MDA Telethon brought in $58.9 million.
The 46th annual MDA Labor Day Telethon is scheduled for Sunday night from 6 pm to midnight. From 21 ½ hours to six hours, this event will be face-paced and jam-packed to entertain with talented music superstars Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride.
What does your pledge dollar buy?
- 77 percent of every dollar MDA spends goes directly to research, services and education; the rest to fundraising and administration.
- MDA spends $74 a minute in its worldwide research program, supporting more than 330 projects.
- MDA maintains some 200 clinics, including more than 35 MDA/ALS centers.
- MDA clinics are staffed by teams of top health professionals skilled in the diagnosis and medical management of muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Services provided at MDA clinics may include occupational therapy, selected diagnostic tests, genetic counseling, respiratory therapy and more.
- MDA annually sponsors nearly 80 weeklong summer camp sessions, serving some 3,500 children across the country and in Puerto Rico. More than 4,300 volunteers give a week of their time to serve as camp counselors and medical staff.
- MDA’s equipment program accepts donations of gently used durable medical equipment, repairs these items as needed, and provides them to individuals with neuromuscular disease to enhance mobility, independence and quality of life.
$30 Flue Shot
$74 One minute of research
$100 One support group session
$150 One physical, occupational or respiratory therapy consultation
$300 Professional fees related to initial diagnostic work-up at an MDA clinic
$500 Assists one person for one year with repairs to durable medical equipment
$800 Sends one child to MDA summer camp
Every dollar counts. MDA is funded almost entirely by individual private contributions and cooperating organizations.
To register with MDA if you have a neuromuscular disease, make a clinic appointment and find out more information about other services for people and families affected by a neuromuscular disease in MDA’s program, please contact:
MDA office(s) serving the Richmond area:
8001 Franklin Farms Drive
Richmond, VA 23229
Primary Fax: (804)282-1038
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