SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Muscle Dystrophy Association is preparing for its annual Muscle Walk, to support local programs and funding to fight the disease.
Lauren Barnas sat down with Muscular Dystrophy Association Development Officer Kerstin Landwer to talk about the upcoming event on Sept. 3.
Lauren: Welcome back to Daybreak. We have Kerstin Landwer with us, with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, talking about an event that’s a little ways a way, but we want to give people enough time to register for it. What do you have going on?
Kerstin: Well September 3rd which is Labor Day will be our annual Muscle Walk. So right now what we’re looking to do is to recruit teams and individuals that want to participate in this really fun event.
Lauren: That’s awesome, it’s happening here in Springfield, right?
Kerstin: Yes! We’re having our tailgate party that morning at the parking lot across from the stadium at MSU and then as the Labor Day parade winds down onto Grand Street we’re jumping on the tail end of that. So everyone that participates in the Muscle Walk gets to be in the parade.
Lauren: Super fun! What’s the whole reason we’re doing this?
Kerstin: We do this every year for several different reasons. One of the primary reasons is to let our Muscular Dystrophy families connect with other families that are sharing the same challenges they are. So they can kind of compare, this is what I’m going through, build that relationship. Secondly, we do this to raise funds for the programs that we offer in the area. Which include a summer camp that we do every year for kids age 6 to 17 years old, completely free of charge. We also do clinics for adults and children, which serves as a one-stop-shop for folks battling muscle disease. They’re able to meet with a specialist, get equipment repaired, things like that that they’re concerned about. And then thirdly, we’re funding research, which is really exciting at this time, because in the next five years they’ll be rolling out more medicines than they have in the next five centuries.
Lauren: So if you decide this is something you’d like to participate in, you can have full confidence it’s going to a great cause. How does someone get registered?
Kerstin: Well you can go online to MDA.org/walk and that’s where you register, and then you can start to build a team. There’s lots of options of there. It’s like a total personal assistant for building a team. You can also do an individual walk if you want, or do a virtual walk if you can’t make it that day.
Lauren: Good to know! Labor Day might be a busy day for some people. Looks like a very fun event seeing the pictures from years’ past. And I see there’s also a pancake breakfast beforehand.
Kerstin: Absolutely. A little tailgate party, and some face painting and other events for the kids.
Lauren: Kerstin, thanks so much for being here this morning. We’ll be right back after the break.
Contact Landwer with any questions at: 417-866-5117.