This is the third year after the demise of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. The "show of strength" for MDA goes on. People still make donations. But in 2011 they ended Jerry's participation and aired a six hour broadcast. In 2012, they cut it to a three hour taped broadcast. There was some form of taped program on for two hours last night.
A portion of my charitable dollars each year will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association until a cure is found. That is my pledge. MDA has been my charity of choice since I was 5 years old. That won't change. The people who suffer from neuro muscular diseases shouldn't lose my contribution to a cure because some people decided to ditch Jerry Lewis and a telethon that was part of my life for 43 years.
This year, MDA will get my dollars through my local Safeway. I've been adding my contribution as I pass through the grocery line since they opened up the solicitation for donations. I won't call in a pledge anymore on Labor Day weekend. That's over. I'll buy a Shamrock or add dollars to my grocery purchase or drop some cash into a firefighter boot.
Mr Lewis always told me to give until it helps.
Yes Sir, Mr Lewis. I'm there for MDA, and will be until there is a cure.