The date for the MDA Muscle Walk of Central Florida has been set!

The 2018 MDA Muscle Walk of Central Florida will be Sept. 8 at Lake Eola in Orlando.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is bringing strength to life for kids and adults in the Central Florida community with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases at the 2018 MDA Muscle Walk of Central Florida on Sept. 8.

The seventh annual MDA Muscle Walk is a meaningful way for families,

The 2018 MDA Muscle Walk of Central Florida will be Sept. 8 at Lake Eola in Orlando.

friends, neighbors and local businesses in Central Florida to come together to raise critical awareness and funds for muscle-debilitating diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility.

This year’s walk includes a route designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course.

“There are kids and adults in our community living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases that take away everyday abilities like walking, hugging and even breathing,” said MDA Development Specialist Nikki Coppola. “When you support the MDA Muscle Walk of Central Florida, you can help change that by helping us fund urgently-needed research, treatments and support that will help these individuals live longer and grow stronger.”

Michelle Bush, captain of Landon’s Superheros, is walking for the first time this year. Michelle said that her son, Landon, was diagnosed in December 2017 at the age of 3 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; a rare and fatal condition that causes muscle weakness and a relentless deterioration in physical abilities. When they were first told about Landon’s disease, their hearts were broken and their hopes and dreams were crushed.

“The MDA has given Landon and our family the hope and strength we need. We are walking in the Central Florida MDA Walk to support the MDA’s commitment to research and clinical care that brings hope for the future; for our son Landon and for all children and adults affected by muscular dystrophy. The only way through this is together!” said Bush.

The Muscle Walk event is scheduled for 9 a.m at Lake Eola Park. The event will be a fun community event for all to enjoy. There will be games, sponsors, and entertainment for all.

To register, visit http://musclewalkmda.org/centralflorida or call the local MDA office at 407-562-2035.

More than 140 Muscle Walk events are expected to take place throughout the U.S. in 2017. Last year, dedicated participants raised $7.2 million through Muscle Walk for MDA and more than $40 million has been raised since Muscle Walk began in 2011.

Every dollar raised through Muscle Walk benefits MDA’s mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care the MDA Care Center at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, UF Health in Gainesville, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, to name a few.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 120 area kids where they can experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Florida Elks Youth Camp.

To learn more about the 2018 MDA Muscle Walk program and how to get involved, contact Development Specialist Nikki Coppola at 407-562-2035 or ncoppola@mdausa.org, or visit mdateam.org

About MDA MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.