BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The MDA Telethon has become a Labor Day tradition. Jerry Lewis did his first MDA Telethon on a TV station in New York in 1966. Today, a worldwide audience donates money to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
WLOX has been a part of the telethon since 1994, and this year generous south Mississippians proved once again that they have big hearts.
Donations from caring south Mississippians go a long way towards helping patients living with neuro-muscular diseases.
"Our money stays here to go to our Mississippi patients. We provide services like assistance with wheelchairs and, of course, our summer camp every June. Not to mention our clinics that we provide and our support groups. All of the services for our patients here in Mississippi," Kashea Johnson with MDA said.
The WLOX staff and volunteers teamed up just as they have since 1994. Pat Morris began donating her time and energy in 1995. Even though she's giving, Pat feels like she and others are receiving inspiration from MDA patients, especially the children.
"It tells us that if they can handle it, we should be able to handle anything. Look what they're going through, we should be able to go through anything," Morris said.
South Mississippians donated a total of $80,213 this year to help MDA patients. The MDA Telethon reaches a worldwide audience on 180 television stations.