Monday, September 7, 2009

Our Extended Family - The Muscular Dystrophy Association

The 44th Annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon locally raised over $2 million dollars (a record for this area) and nationally, $60,461,231! There are not many words that can describe the way it feels to have been a part of this fundraiser that does so much for other people. We saw first hand how the efforts of local businesses, firemen, children, families, and the viewers of the telethon united to attain such an awesome achievement. The money that was raised here remains local for the families and children that need it most; for things like needed medications, money to attend MDA camp, resources for equipment, therapy, and research.

This was one of the most powerful events we have been priveledged to participate in. We met many wonderful people that work for the MDA and also many more families that know the pain behind the struggle that accompanies neuromuscular disease and the hope for triumph someday. Current research and progress is very promising and leads to more hope that a final victory over these 40+ diseases will be won. The MDA has welcomed our family into theirs, and for their support, we couldn't be more thankful. We will continue to participate in their events and support their efforts to help other families in need.

Our sincere thanks to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, to Mike Bush, Heidi Glaus and the rest of the staff from News Channel 5, to "Ryan's Volunteers", to our family, to Jerry Lewis for beginning this event that has grown to be such a legacy and especially to Ryan, for continuing to make a difference in so many lives. We love and miss you so much but know you had "the best seat in the house" today.

MDA Telethon Kick-Off Gala
Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kim and her silent auction claim... a SIGNED T.J. Oshie Blues Jersey. (her future husband)

Ryan's Silver Star. Many more were placed on the board the day of the telethon in his memory.

Kick-Off Time! Sunday night at 10:30 pm

Afternoon of the telethon, enjoying a picnic lunch in the parking lot while waiting for "Ryan's Volunteers" to arrive.

Right side of the pledge phone set before airing Ryan's story.

Grandma and Grandpa Hawn helped keep Charlotte entertained.

It doesn't hurt to try right? (See jersey picture above)

Live in Action! Co-workers, friends, family, church family, friends of friends, GSS staff. Everyone who came are so much more to us than these titles. Thank you.

Heidi Glaus and Mike Bush from News Channel 5

Interview with Mike Roberts at the "Star Wall"

The Hawn Family


Chris Foster said...

Thank you Chris and Jenn. I had a wonderful volunteering for the telethon and at Grant's Farm.

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