East Texans Pitching In For National Telethon

East Texas donated in nearly a half million dollars Monday in the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. In its 40th year, the telethon raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Our very own Barry Hanson and other guest hosts broadcast from Broadway Square Mall to get people to donate. With many giving to Hurricane Katrina relief, East Texas still raised more than $488,000. "A little apprehension because of Katrina and people's involvement there. But overall it's been a great telethon an we want to say thanks to everybody," says MDA Telethon Host Barry Hanson. Nationally, the Jerry Lewis Telethon raised $55 million, with an extra million raised for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com