St. Petersburg, FL , February 3, 2014— More than 700 people are already registered to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the MDA Tampa Bay Muscle Walk presented by APEC to help pay tribute to — and raise funds for — children and adults served by MDA in the Tampa
“We want to encourage people in our area to give back to local families affected by neuromuscular disease,” said MDA Executive Director, Erin Authier. “By supporting the MDA Muscle Walk event on February 8th, 2014 people can make an immediate difference and help raise awareness and funds for research and vital services benefiting families served by the Association.”
The annual MDA Tampa Bay Muscle Walk is scheduled for 8:30am on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Raymond James Stadium. For registration information, visit http://www.musclewalkmda.org/tampabay2014 or call the local MDA office at 727-577-1700.
National Media Personality, Shannon Rose, will be the 2014 Muscle Walk emcee. Rose, appears weekly on the Mancow Nationally Syndicated Radio show, got his start in the world of entertainment as a Pro Wrestling Ring Announcer. He has worked with such legends as Dusty Rhodes and Hulk Hogan. His multi-faceted talents also include acting, radio and TV production as well as owning his own PR Company. He is also known as Mr. Hollywood.
His face and likeness is seen in the video game EA Sports MMA. This event also hits home for Mr. Rose as he has a form of MD and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome along with struggling with pain each day. His story is what movies are made of.
Last year, MDA Muscle Walks nationwide raised more than $6.2 million, and more than $10 million has been raised since the program started in 2011.
About MDA Muscle Walk®
MDA Muscle Walk is a series of fun, non-competitive local walks held across the country, and it’s the largest event of its kind in the United States. There are more than 160 Walks throughout the nation, with events scheduled from January to April.
Three national partnerships have signed on for the 2014 MDA Muscle Walk season to help support the campaign and the Association’s programs of research and health care services, including MDA summer camp.
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Quantum Rehab®/Pride Mobility Products® Corporation is an MDA Muscle Walk Presenting Partner. Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility, designs and manufactures high-end complex rehabilitation solutions such as power chairs and power positioning seating systems. Pride Mobility is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of mobility products dedicated to providing only the highest quality mobility solutions with maximum durability and dependability.
ATG Rehab is an MDA Muscle Walk Power Partner. ATG is one of North America’s leading rehab equipment providers of seating and mobility equipment, with locations nationwide. ATG Rehab’s assistive technology solutions include custom seating and positioning systems, power wheelchairs, lightweight manual wheelchairs, standing and positioning frames, gait trainers and specialty bathing aids.
MDA 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 and education.
In addition to funding some 300 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters living with progressive muscle diseases.
MDA clinics in the area are located at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa and St. Anthony’s Neurology Group in Saint Petersburg. The local Muscular Dystrophy Association chapter serves close to 1,000 families in the Tampa Bay area living with neuromuscular disease.