Fight Back Against Muscle Disease at Annual MDA Muscle Walk of Greater Philadelphia

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More than 700 people from the Greater Philadelphia area are registered to take a small step to fund powerful progress for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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“By registering for the Greater Philadelphia Muscle Walk, you can help local MDA families face the challenges muscle disease often brings, maintain their independence and live the best possible lives."

More than 700 people from the Greater Philadelphia area are registered to take a small step to fund powerful progress for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual MDA Muscle Walk of Greater Philadelphia to raise critical funds and awareness that will help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of local children and adults fighting muscle disease.

The Greater Philadelphia Muscle Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 29 at the King of Prussia Mall. For registration information, visit musclewalk.org/Philadelphia, or call the local MDA office at 610.325.5758.

“Through MDA Muscle Walk, people in the Greater Philadelphia area can join forces to raise critical dollars that will make a real difference in the lives of people fighting life-threatening muscle disease in our community,” said MDA Health Care Service Coordinator Marissa Lozano. “By registering for the Greater Philadelphia Muscle Walk, you can help local MDA families face the challenges muscle disease often brings, maintain their independence and live the best possible lives. We encourage everyone to ask their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to raise funds and walk as a team to help MDA move toward a world free of the harmful effects of muscle disease.”

With support from our national and local sponsors, including GeneDx, Mobilityworks, NuMotion, Pride Mobility and Sleep Circle, attendees will enjoy a morning of music, exercise, food, arts & crafts, prizes and more. The Eagles Cheerleaders will be in attendance, as well as radio station Mix 106.1 and radio personality Chio.

MDA Muscle Walk is the largest, most inspiring event of its kind, bringing communities together — donors, families, partners, sponsors and volunteers— to fight back against muscle disease. Approximately 150 walks throughout the nation are scheduled throughout the year.

Funds raised through the Muscle Walk program build on decades of research progress, helping push science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures.

The dollars raised at the Greater Philadelphia MDA Muscle Walk also help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs including support groups, educational seminars, distribution and repair of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs and hospital beds, and MDA’s state-of-the-art clinics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, The MDA/ALS Center of Hope at Drexel University/Hahnemann Hospital, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. MDA also provides a weeklong summer camp program so that kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Variety Club Camp in Worcester, Pa.

Last year, more than 40,000 people participated in 140 MDA Muscle Walks across the country that raised a record-breaking $8.5 million. More than $26 million has been raised since the Walk's inception in 2011.

About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; 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.

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-MDA-

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