All it takes to help raise money and awareness to fight Muscular Dystrophy, and help local adults and children living with muscle disease, is to take a few steps.

The 5th Annual MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Walk of the Eastern MDA is expected to see more than 200 people to help raise valuable funds to help those in Northeast Penn. battling the disease. Christi Atkinson, MDA Healthcare Services Coordinator, said that the Greater Wilkes-Barre Area Muscle Walk will provide a variety benefits for local MDA families.

“By registering for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Area Muscle Walk, you can help local MDA families face the challenges muscle disease often brings, maintain their independence and live the best possible lives,” Atkinson said.

Image courtesy of Christi Atkinson and the Scranton MDA Particpiants in last year’s MDA Walk at King’s College paused for a photo. The event at King’s was one of many nationwide MDA walks to help raise funds for MDA research and programs to help individuals living with the disease.
Image courtesy of Christi Atkinson and the Scranton MDA
Particpiants in last year’s MDA Walk at King’s College paused for a photo. The event at King’s was one of many nationwide MDA walks to help raise funds for MDA research and programs to help individuals living with the disease.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease such as muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular disease. The MDA funds worldwide research to find treatments and cures; provides comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and rallies communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

The money raised at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Area Muscle Walk helps support life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinics through Geisinger Neurosciences in Wilkes-Barre and Bloomsburg Hospital. Funds are also used to make summer camp possible for children with muscle disease to enjoy “the best week of the year” at Happiness is Camping in Harwick, N.J.

Donna Sutton is a participant in the MDA Walk and a team captain. She participates in the event in honor of and in memory of her family and friends who live with some form of muscle disease.

“The sad and real side of this disease is that we have lost too many of our loved ones to one of the many forms of muscular dystrophy,” Sutton said.

The MDA walk is important in helping raise funds to combat the disease, and Atkinson encourages as many people as possible to come out and participate.

“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,” Atkinson said.

The MDA Muscle Walk is the largest event of its kind with approximately 150 walks throughout the nation throughout the year. It brings communities together, with donors, families, partners, sponsors and volunteers helping fight against muscle disease. Last year, more than 40,000 people participated in 140 walks across the nation, raising a record-breaking $8.5 million. Since its inception in 2011, the Walk has raised more than $26 million.

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Area Muscle Walk registration is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 22, 2015 at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.

For registration information, visit http://www.musclewalkmda.org/wilkesbarre, or call the local MDA office at (570) 466-8055.