The Muscular Dystrophy Association will host its annual family reunion also known as Stride & Ride on March 27, 2010 at Katy Mills. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Each year families served by MDA and the local community come together to stride towards a cure. â€œThis is one of our annual family reunions where all our families and friends get a chance to come together to help raise money for MDA and have a great time,â€ said Annie Clary, Regional Coordinator for the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter and member of the Sasser Studs Walk Team.Â Â
Many high schools including Barbara Jordan, Conroe, Galena Park, Klein, Klein Oak, Lutheran South Academy, Mayde Creek, North Shore, Tomball, Woodlands, as well as colleges and businesses from Greater Houston took part in recruiting walkers and raising money to help MDA fight for a cure last March. The event raised more than $200,000 last year and had more than 800 walkers.Â
MDA continues to spread awareness and encourage more individuals, organizations and businesses to be a MDA Hero for the many families touched by this disease. â€œWith all the changes going on, it is helpful to remember why we are here. We bring our families HOPE. Hope that one day they will not need summer camp or equipment.Â Hope that one day kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy will be better,â€ acknowledged Annie Clary.Â
Proceeds raised during the campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDAâ€™s outpatient clinics at Texas Childrenâ€™s Hospital and The Methodist Neurological Institute.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
The public is invited to get involved and support the MDA. Anyone interested in participating in the annual walk can contact Annie Clary at email@example.com or (713) 522-3679.