This Labor Day will be the 41st year for 2 things ... it will be MY 41st labor day on this planet ...and it will be Jerry Lewis' 41st labor day doing the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy.
I'm sitting here tonight, and I saw a public announcement for the telethon and it caught my attention. 41! I'M 41. I had no idea that his number of hostings equaled my age!
Ironic. There are those who say, that the Muscular Dystrophy Association has done most of the research that has brought Myasthenia Gravis from a mostly fatal, to a not so fatal disease. Would I BE 41 to be celebrating this MDA telethon that shares my AGE ... if it weren't for the telethons themselves?
The research moments that have come across the Quest Magazine in the 14 years that I've been a Jerry's Kid ... has been unbeleiveable ... ALL of my research knowlege has come from the MDA. I know that in the 70's, pre and post Aristotle Onasis, they did remarkable things to bring big changes in the disease In large part due to Jerry Lewis (who was said to have had a friend with Myasthenia and pushed for it)
I have gotten a little help directly from the MDA ... supportive phone calls. I've turned down their medical care. Leave it open to those who don't have medical access to good care through other avenues. I do. I get the magazine ...that HELPS! I want to go to the support group. Those that I've met have been very very nice! Carying, and loveing.
Make no mistake this week ... as you see a Fireman standing around an intersection reaching for your window looking for some change ... Fill his boot. It helps.
It helps people like me ... to get drugs that help me go from being able to not read because my double vision is to bad I can't see ... to being able to write a book. It gets treatments that improve the muscles so that with therapy, and treatment ... I can go from not being able to lift my leg to climb a stair, to being able to working out and enjoying my life with my kids.
It helps people like me ... no longer having to go into the hospital in Myasthenic crisis becuase the medications keep me stable and stronger.
It helps give safer, stronger and less risky drugs.
Give to Jerry's Kids ... You might be surprised dto find out that you're spending time blogging every day with a Jerry's Kid every day.
I grew up sending my August Allowance to Jerry's Kids. I never dreamed I'd become on of HIS KIDS!
Please ... Fill the boot!