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MDA Telethon a Labor Day Tradition

For some people the first thing on their mind when they think of Labor Day is Jerry Lewis' MDA Telethon. The telethon has been going on since 1966. Newschannel 10 has been involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon for the past 37 years.

Telethon organizers say that the Labor Day weekend has been a great fit for their fundraising efforts. "The reason they did it on Labor Day is cause they figured, hey, everybody's home cause its a holiday and we can raise a lot of money cause a lot of people watch TV. And then from there it just started working together and now MDA and Labor Day are really just paired together because it's always been that way," said Elizabeth Rodriquez, the District Director of the Amarillo chapter of the MDA.

Organizers say as long as Labor Day continues to be a day off for many people, they will continue to raise millions for MDA until a cure is found. The Muscular Dystrophy Association's 42nd Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon set a record of $63,759,478 in contributions and pledges. Locally the total exceeded last year with over $346,786 in pledges. 

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