Ark-La-Tex MDA Announces Annual Muscle Walk Event

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More than 300 people are registered to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Blue Cross Blue Shield Muscle Walk on Saturday, March 16.

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"We want to encourage people throughout the Ark-La-Tex region to give back to local families affected by neuromuscular disease," said MDA Director of Healthcare Services Lydia Brown.

More than 300 people are registered to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Blue Cross Blue Shield Muscle Walk to help pay tribute to — and raise funds for — children and adults served by MDA in the Ark-La-Tex area.

"We want to encourage people throughout the Ark-La-Tex region to give back to local families affected by neuromuscular disease," said MDA Director of Healthcare Services Lydia Brown. "By supporting the MDA Muscle Walk event on March 16, people can make an immediate difference and help raise awareness and funds for research and vital services benefiting families served by the Association."

The annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Muscle Walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Louisiana Boardwalk. For registration information, visit http://www.musclewalkmda.org/Shreveport.

Local students, cheerleaders and marching bands will be in attendance at the Walk to compete in the Sonic School Challenge, a contest between area schools to encourage support of the MDA Muscle Walk and families affected by muscle disease. Local Sonic Drive-Ins will team up to give two grants of $500 each to the school that raises the most money overall, and to the school who raises the most money per individual.

Last year, MDA Muscle Walks nationwide raised more than $6.2 million, and more than $10 million has been raised since the program started in 2011.    

About MDA Muscle Walk®

MDA Muscle Walk is a series of fun, non-competitive local walks held across the country, and it’s the largest event of its kind in the United States. There are more than 160 Walks throughout the nation, with events scheduled from January to April.

Three national partnerships have signed on for the 2013 MDA Muscle Walk season to help support the campaign and the Association's programs of research and health care services, including MDA summer camp.

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Quantum Rehab®/Pride Mobility Products® Corporation is an MDA Muscle Walk Presenting Partner. Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility, designs and manufactures high-end complex rehabilitation solutions such as power chairs and power positioning seating systems. Pride Mobility is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of mobility products dedicated to providing only the highest quality mobility solutions with maximum durability and dependability.

ATG Rehab is an MDA Muscle Walk Power Partner. ATG is one of North America’s leading rehab equipment providers of seating and mobility equipment, with locations nationwide. ATG Rehab’s assistive technology solutions include custom seating and positioning systems, power wheelchairs, lightweight manual wheelchairs, standing and positioning frames, gait trainers and specialty bathing aids.

About MDA

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

In addition to funding some 300 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters living with progressive muscle diseases.

For more information, visit mda.org and follow MDA on Facebook (facebook.com/MDAnational) and Twitter (@MDAnews).

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