Wednesday, August 19, 2009

MDA Telethon - Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers! We have been asked to round up 67 volunteers to help answer the phones for the MDA telethon on Labor Day. Here is what you need to know.

When: Labor Day
Where: Grant's Farm
Hours: 2-3:30 pm (when they will be showing Ryan's story)

We thought it also might be fun if the volunteer could wear their t-shirts from the Trivia Night if they had one. If you don't have one and want to purchase one, or volunteer anyway, that is fine. Please email me directly, if you are interested in participating in such an awesome event. It should be a really good time for adults and kids.

2009 What Your Pledge Dollars Buy:
Flu Shot $30
One minute of research $80
One support group session $100
One physical, occupational or respiratory therapy consultation $150
Professional fees related to initial diagnostic work-up at an MDA clinic $200
Assists one person for one year with the repair of a wheelchair or leg braces $500
Sends one child to MDA summer camp $800
Assists one person with the purchase of a wheelchair, leg braces or communication device $2,000

78.3 percent of every dollar MDA spends goes directly to research, services and education, the rest to fund raising and administration.

MDA spends $80 a minute in its worldwide Research program, supporting some 400 teams.

MDA spends $176 a minute in its Health Care Services program, including clinics and summer camp.

MDA maintains 220 hospital-affiliated clinics, including 35 MDA/ALS centers.

MDA clinics are staffed by teams of top health professionals skilled in the diagnosis and medical management of muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Services provided at MDA clinics may include occupational therapy, selected diagnostic tests, genetic counseling, respiratory therapy and more.

MDA annually sponsors some 80 weeklong summer camp sessions, serving more than 4,300 young people across the country and in Puerto Rico. More than 5,200 volunteers give a week of their time to serve as MDA camp counselors.

2008 Telethon raised a record $65 million in contributions and pledges.
Telethon 2008 was viewed by more than 40 million people in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and by millions more worldwide via the Internet.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, volunteer or pledge for MDA

The Hawn Family

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