ST. LOUIS — Labor Day weekend means it's time for the 5 On Your Side "Show of Strength" for MDA hosted by Mike Bush, Anne Allred and Rene Knott. The decades-long tradition raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for treatment and research.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association aims to cure muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA funds research on diseases that cause muscles to weaken and limit mobility.
Thousands of people in the United States live with one of these diseases. There currently is no cure for neuromuscular diseases.
During the 2022 fundraiser on Sept. 4 at Grant's Farm, more than $458,000 was raised. The funds raised during the show will benefit people in the St. Louis area. MDA helps 2,000 local families every year.
This year, Walgreens matched donations made during the telethon up to $3,000.
You can also text GiveMDA to 314-425-5355 to get the link to donate on your phone.
Donations are 100% tax-deductible.
The telethon is part of 5 On Your Side’s GIVE 75 campaign, which runs through Sept. 15. The campaign was created in honor of the station’s 75th anniversary. A donation from 5 On Your Side was made to 10 area non-profits, and viewers have been encouraged to make donations to the non-profit of their choice.
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