MDA Muscle Walk Brings Awareness To ALS And Other Diseases

MDA Muscle Walk Brings Awareness To ALS And Other Diseases

Wichita Falls, TX - Hundreds of Texomans gathered at the MPEC Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall Saturday morning for the 5th Annual Wichita Falls MDA Muscle Walk. 
The fundraiser was put on by the Red River Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"We're going to come out and surprise her and support her as a family to show her, her family is behind her and so is the rest of the community," said Crystal Walker, an MDA Muscle Walk participant.

Her aunt, Marlene Ermis Marshal, was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"There is no a cure for ALS. So that's one of the things that's great about the MDA and this walk because it raises money for MDA and for that research to try to find a cure," said Walker.

Daniel York, Executive Director of the Red River Muscular Dystrophy Association said finding a cure for the diseases is what encourages him to keep this walk going.

"They told us in the next five years we'll have more advancements than we have in the last 50 years," said York. "So all the research money is just as important now than it's ever been."

The Red River MDA helps patients and families suffering from more than 40 diseases and services about 450 families from Lawton, Oklahoma to Abilene.

Prior to the walk, Verna Honeycutt gave an emotional testimony on how MDA helped her brother, Charlie Manshack during his battle will ALS.

Honeycutt told an audience of supporters, "These people went above and beyond to help my brother have some hope in his life."

Charlie loss his fight two weeks ago, but Marlene's fight continues. Since being diagnosed she is wheelchair bound, but not down. Her family said they are  walking with her every step of the way.

"The main thing is to make sure that she knows that she's not alone and her family is behind her, as well as the rest of the people with ALS," said Walker.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6