A shout out, salute, and donation of funds from the CTE Gives Back! program this month goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA is celebrating its 70th year as the largest source of funding (excluding the federal government) for neuromuscular disease research and in the past seven decades has committed in excess of $1 billion to research impacting and transforming the lives of people with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases.
Founder and NY business leader Paul Cohen was living with this disease and in 1950 recognized the need for research focused on improving treatments for this debilitating illness. Approaching Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis to become champions for the MDA, Paul’s request led to the duo ending their popular TV show with an appeal to viewers to support muscular dystrophy research. A few years later this evolved into the beginnings of the national MDA telethon that continued to reach out to TV viewers until 2011 when Jerry Lewis retired from the role as host. The Association then launched the Show of Strength Telethon that lasted through 2015. The need for the mission continued and just a few weeks ago Actor and Comedian Kevin Hart took over hosting duties for an MDA Telethon in 2020.
With families at the heart of the MDA mission, Innovations in Science and Innovations in Care have led to research and results enabling families living with Muscular Dystrophy and related diseases to live longer and grow stronger. Research, treatments, technology, MDA care and health centers have been the magic combination leading to such a positive impact for these families.
To focus more on the history, missions, and outcomes of the MDA, please click on this www.mda.org. We at Cable Tie Express are happy to support this amazing organization!