April 9, 1992 |
There is a race to fit every type of athlete - even those who would run only if the house were on fire - at the 11th Annual Sesame Place Classic on Sunday. The 6.2-mile run starts at 9:15 a.m., and the 100-yard Sesame Sprint, for children 10 and under, begins at 9:20 a.m. Both take off from Sesame Place, adjacent to the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne. For the less advanced runner, there is the one-mile Fun Run and a one-mile Fun Walk, both of which step off at 8:30 a.m. Yes, you can actually walk and still win a race.
September 20, 1989 |
Inspired by Jerry Lewis' telethon and the son of his mother's friend, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, Jerry Thompson thought it was time for him to do his part. So in 1984, while a 16-year-old math major at Drexel University and a student at Father Judge High School, he started a Whiffle ball tournament outside his Horrocks Street home to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He recruited neighbors who each volunteered a few dollars to play in the tournament.
August 20, 1989 |
The Coatesville Area Jaycees hope to hit a home run for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with their second annual Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament this weekend. The MDA is one of the national beneficiaries of the Jaycees. The money from the local tournament goes to the MDA office in Southampton, Bucks County. "Last year, we raised $500 for MDA, and we are hoping to double that amount this year," said tournament co-chairman Ed Labiak. The teams will compete at the Columbia Avenue Park in Coatesville and the Ash Park on Eighth Avenue, a couple of blocks away.
April 19, 1992 |
They ran, shuffled and strolled for the Muscular Dystrophy Association last Sunday in the Sesame Place Classic. There was a 6.2-mile run, a 1-mile run, a 1-mile walk and a 100-yard sprint for children. Although the race is in its 11th year, 1992 is the first year that proceeds will benefit MDA, which provides orthopedic and respiratory care, therapy and transportation, and supports research.
September 10, 1993 |
Another Labor Day has come and gone. I dread Labor Day. It's not because it's the end of summer and the last excuse for a barbecue. It's because of Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) Telethon. Why do I hate such a great comedian and such a worthy cause? Simple. In one weekend, the telethon turns me from a person with a disability into a stereotype. I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, which falls under the umbrella of diseases called Muscular Dystrophy. CMT makes my life difficult but, unlike the people who are shown on the telethon, CMT will not kill me. I will not minimize the effect CMT has had on my life.
July 16, 2004
Message to Comcast: Get real about the deal Reading The Inquirer's account of Comcast possibly spending the next 15 years not paying state and local taxes reminded me of some bad cable programming ("Delayed or not, KOZ bill is better," July 9). Comcast lost because land in Center City Philadelphia should produce tax revenue for needed city services and schools; tax breaks are given to create new jobs in areas lacking development. For residents of Pennsylvania, what Comcast attempted to pull off would have been prime time on the Sci-Fi Channel.
August 30, 1986 |
Labor Day weekend means only one thing to millions of TV fans - it's the time for Jerry Lewis to step into the limelight for his annual effort to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association or, as Lewis likes to put it when talking about victims of the disease, his kids. The telethon, now in its 21st year, will for the fifth year in a row be broadcast from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, starting 11:30 p.m. Sunday and continuing until the following night at 6:30. Tony Orlando will again serve as host for the New York tie-in, with Ed McMahon, disc jockey Casey Kasem and Sammy Davis Jr. helping Lewis out in Vegas.
September 5, 2011
Telethon goes on without Lewis LAS VEGAS - The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fund-raiser - the charity's first comments about the beloved icon's departure since an announcement last month that he would no longer be with the show. The telethon began airing live on the East Coast at 6 p.m. Sunday with an opening number featuring young dancers performing to David Guetta's "Titanium.
August 30, 1987 |
Most people would be nervous about meeting the governor, chatting with Dr. J or making an appearance on the most famous telethon on television. Not Jill Woloshynsky of Bustleton, this year's Muscular Dystrophy Association poster child for Pennsylvania. "It's no big deal," said Jill, 8, when asked whether she would be scared to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people on the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon for the MDA, which airs next Sunday and Sept. 7. "She is really a lot better than me at these things," said Jill's mom, Patti Lee. "I am a nervous wreck, and she is really calm and can make small talk with people like the governor or the mayor.
January 21, 1993 |
Shannon DeVido, 10, of Holland, has been named the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Southeastern Pennsylvania Poster Child for 1993. Shannon, a sixth grader at Rolling Hills Elementary School, was diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a form of spinal muscular dystrophy, in 1985. But Shannon doesn't let the disease get her down. Her interests include baseball card collecting, singing and acting. Her favorite subjects are math and English. When asked how she'd like to be described to other people, Shannon said, "Smart, fun, outgoing, enjoys being with people and never gives up. " As the Southeastern Pennsylvania Poster Child, Shannon will represent the MDA at educational programs and fund-raising drives throughout the five-county area.