On June 6, 1950, a small group of individuals whose lives had been personally touched by muscular dystrophy met in the Bronx, N.Y., office of businessman Paul Cohen (who had facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy). On that day, this small group formed the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the task of raising funds to support research — the only hope for those with muscular dystrophy.
Over the years, that small group of volunteers has grown into a vast army raising funds not only for research into muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, but also for a nationwide network of clinics specializing in providing help to tens of thousands of individuals and families.
In 1955, MDA’s late president and CEO Bob Ross created a unique program for children — summer camp. Nationwide, MDA now is gearing up for its 2008 summer camp program by recruiting some 5,400 volunteer counselors to work at various camp sites throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico. Scores of volunteers also are being recruited to assist with the myriad of special events being planned for the current year, including our Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.
MDA was started by volunteers and it’s where it is today because of the volunteer support it continues to receive from individuals, organizations and corporations nationwide. Should any of you want to be included in the ranks of this very special volunteer army, please contact your local MDA office or call (800) 572-1717 to offer your assistance. Not only will you be helping Jerry’s kids, but you’ll feel good for doing so.
With every good wish for a wonderful Spring…
Gerald C. Weinberg
President & CEO