MDA's Muscle Walk is set for Saturday at the MPEC.
And, if you're looking for a reason to get involved, the inspiration is Kelly Crush.
"It's hard to put into words. I get kind of choked up when I think about it."
Kelly Crush is talking about his brother and sister firefighters, and the closeness they've shared since he became one in the late 1980's.
It was those comrades Kelly hit the streets with year after year, filling the boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
"I was the last person on Earth who thought I would ever use MDA, but things happen, and here I am. So, when we're out there on the streets, we want to do everything we can to help somebody, people we don't know, some people we do know."
3- and- a- half years after his own diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease forced him to retire, Kelly says he's the perfect example of why people should get involved, and help find the causes of, and treatments and cures for muscle robbing diseases.
"I would say, go look in the mirror, and look at yourself, and say.. everything's really going good for me right now. But, what happens if something goes wrong tomorrow? And, I'm the best example of that. Everything was going my way. I was as healthy as a horse, happy. I had a great career and then one day, the doctor tells you that you have this type of disease. So, just look in the mirror and say, that could be me. That could be my child. It could be a family member or friend. These diseases have been going on too long, and we need to find a cure for them.
The MDA Muscle Walk is this Saturday morning at the MPEC.
Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30, and all donations will be accepted.
But, each person who raises 74- dollars, which funds one minute of MD research, will receive a t-shirt.
If you're interested, organizers say they still have space for sponsors to jump on board, and slots for vendors to set up as well.
So, just call 696-5581.
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