Volunteers across East Texas have turned this Labor Day into a 'Labor of Love' by helping with the MDA telethon. The 39th annual event raises money for kids with Muscular Dystrophy across the nation.
KLTV has been hosting the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for more than 30 years in Tyler. East Texas' final total for the night was a record; $490,444. It's part of a very healthy national total of nearly $59.4 million.
Patients and parents alike say it's a cause that many still don't know much about.
"It raises money for kids with MD like me, it helps find a cure for MD," says, 12 year old, Jake Tobias, an MD Patient and telethon Participant.
"We still need to get out awareness about this disease. I think we need to tell everybody and one way to do it is the telethon. Hopefully by seeing it, people can understand what this disease does to children," says Mark Bailey, a father of another MD patient, Rodney Bailey.
Right now there are about 500 kids and adults struggling with MD in East Texas.