This Labor Day, as in years past, my family and I tuned in to watch the MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon on WNEM Channel 5. Not only did we watch the show from home, but went down to the telethon and spent time answering telephones.
My child has one of the more than 40 such diseases covered by the Muscular Dystrophy Association's program of services.
When we first were told the diagnosis, everything looked dark and frightening. But then we found that MDA provides a clinic staffed with top-notch specialists in neuromuscular diseases. To help my child stay healthy and to keep his power wheelchair functioning, he is seen at the MDA Clinic held right here in Flint.
A benefit also provided by the Muscular Dystrophy Association is a summer camping experience for children with one of the supported forms of muscular dystrophy. Camp is held in Lapeer and my child looks forward to attending every year. He can have fun in an accessible environment, with kids who face similar challenges.
Perhaps most important, MDA supports some 350 research groups all over the world who are working to solve the mysteries of these devastating neuromuscular diseases.
Every day, and when I watch the Telethon, I'm praying for the research breakthrough that will make a difference in my child's life.
I can't thank the people of Mid Michigan enough for the support they've given MDA.
Sandy O'Dell, Tina Couch, Administrative Assistant
September 26, 2007