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About MDA:

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy, education and a summer camp program.

WHY I DO THIS:

My family is affected by a form of MD called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, funny name I know but it is the names of the 3 men who founded CMT. My grandmother, mother, myself and both my boys are all affected by this degenerative disease. We have muscle weakness in mainly hands, feet, arms, legs, and trunk area that will continue to deteriorate at varying rates. It causes bone deformities such as hammer toes and tendon tightness which can cause pain and need of surgery. My oldest son will have this surgery done soon. I have had about 15 total surgeries, but because of that I can still walk. We go to lots of specialists and regular therapies such as weekly physical and occupational therapy. The boys participate in therapeutic activities such as swimming, horseback ridding and MDA summer camp. Summer camp is one whole week of fun for the kids and time to relax for their caretakers. This is the reason Kegan and I have begun Team Peachy to help give back to MDA and insure he and other kids can continue to go to camp every year as well as Gavan when he is older. It is $800 per camper which is fully covered by the MDA because of  these fundraisers. MDA offers my family personal and emotional support any time we need it. Representatives attend specialist appointments for support, help with questions and clarify what the doctor has to say, help with medical equipment like my wheelchair, educate the kids’ schools so that they can get the best possible education, and most of all, research that gives us HOPE. Without MDA and people like you I don’t know what the future holds for my kids and people with MD, but with you and MDA we have hope. Please check out the MDA web site for a full list of what they do and diseases they cover. www.mda.org

JOIN TEAM PEACHY:

I have chosen to form a team again this year for the 2012 MDA Muscle Walk. We had so much fun and success and I am so excited for you to join me this year. Whether it is your first year with us or your returning I appreciate your time and effort in helping us reach our goal. This is our third year fundraising with MDA. Each year we have raised more than the previous and more than doubled the amount of people on our team. This year I expect to do the same. So please consider joining our team and helping us meet our goal and raise awareness. You can be as active as you wish with our team. If you can come to the walk great, or maybe just help out in another way I have listed that’s great too. You can donate and/or pass this on to all you know by a simple e-mail or print it out and pass it around at work, church, or club meeting. You can even set your own personal goal with your co-workers and/or friends and family. You can donate a raffle item or gift card. Just let me know how involved you would like to be and have time for and I will help you any way I can. Here is the link to our secure MDA web page. Please check it out and consider helping us any way you can. Feel free to e-mail me at nicole@harshwebdesign.com or my cell phone is 330-730-7110 and I’m on face book under Nicole Harsh. I would also love to find more local families affected by MD in our area. Thank You and God Bless! Team Peachy