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Runners Putting Their Foot Down In Fight Against Neuromuscular Disease

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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — About 1,500 runners are putting their foot down in the fight against neuromuscular disease.

The second annual LA Muscle Walk to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association got under way Saturday morning at the CBS Radford Lot in Studio City with CBS2’s own Lisa Sigell as the emcee.

MDA covers 43 different diseases and organizers of the walk expect it to raise approximately $150,000.

“We offer different supports and health services to all families registered with MDA, including clinics, including support groups, for repairs and modifications for wheelchairs. We send kids who are diagnosed with neuromuscular disease to summer camp for a week each year,” said MDA Health Care Coordinator Emma Karavardanyan.

Joy Benedict, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke with “Glee” cast member Max Adler, who is an honorary Vice President of the MDA.

Adler, who has a personal attachment to the cause, has raised more than $10,000 for the walk with help from friends, family and fans.

“We’ve kinda used social media to spread the word. As of this morning, we’re about $10,400. Donations are still pouring in. And that sends so many kids with the disease to summer camps and also goes to research and treatments,” he said.

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