Saint Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) February 14, 2014
More than $165,000 was raised at the annual MDA Tampa Bay Muscle Walk presented by APEC on Feb. 8 at Raymond James Stadium to benefit children and adults in the Tampa Bay area served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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 and awareness for the Association.
CBS Radio personality Jeff “Pants” Pantridge from 98.7 The Fan and Shannon Rose “Mr. Hollywood” emceed the Muscle Walk for more than 900 participants. Tampa Fire Rescue hosted a Fire Truck Pull for teams that raised $1,000 or more. Local Sponsors Truly Nolen, Geico, Most Insurance, Brown & Brown, Florida Medical Clinic and U Stor attended, as well as representatives from MDA national partners, including Lowes, International Association of Fire Fighters, NuMotion, Hill-Rom and Quantum Rehab.
“The Tampa Bay area community went above and beyond this year to support local families served by the Association who will directly benefit from the funds raised on Saturday," said MDA Health Care Service Coordinator Paula Orandash. "We want to thank Raymond James Stadium for its generosity in supporting MDA Muscle Walk and allowing our families, local businesses and the public to come together to make this event such a success.”
The money raised at the MDA Tampa Bay Muscle Walk will help speed MDA research seeking treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. Also, it will help MDA provide area children affected by muscle disease with a free summer camp experience at Rotary Camp Florida in Brandon, Fla. as well as medical and health care services at MDA’s clinics at St. Anthony’s Neurology Group in Saint Petersburg and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association 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, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.
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