Even though Monday was a holiday for many, the WLOX Studios were filled with hard working people helping raise money for the fight against muscular dystrophy.
Individual contributors and businesses in South Mississippi donated a total of $250,831 - a new local record for the MDA Telethon. The money that will stay in our area to help Mississippi MDA patients.
Jerry Lewis also broke a record with the national telethon, raising $60,505,234.
This is the 10th year WLOX has taken part in the 20 hour telethon. The local telethon has grown each year thanks to the year-round efforts of telethon coordinators and volunteers.
"We fund raise all year round. We have to have all our i's dotted and t's crossed, and make sure that everything's in the right place, and that we put the right amount of money down. Everything has to add up and line up, and everybody plays their part. Everybody does their thing, and everything works out really well," Telethon District Director Debbie Neader said.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency - a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.
MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.