CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2014 — Pop rock band R5 will “show their strength” in support of families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association during a special performance of their hit single “(I Can’t) Forget About You” on the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon, airing Sunday, Aug. 31 9|8c on ABC stations nationwide.
In addition to their performance on the two-hour broadcast, the five-member group of siblings Ross, Riker, Rocky and Rydel Lynch and longtime friend Ellington Ratliff took their support in the fight against muscle disease backstage to meet with MDA families onsite at the telethon taping at the Hollywood Palladium. The band also did an exclusive interview with “blue” carpet correspondent, and MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, 9-year old Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin, Wis. Click here to see their adorably fun interview and learn why R5 supports MDA.
The annual telethon raises funds and awareness to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s mission to save and improve the lives of children and adults fighting muscle disease.
The 2014 MDA telethon will feature a star-studded celebrity lineup with performances from Grammy® winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, plus American Authors, Bret Michaels, Matt Nathanson, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, R5 and Sara Evans.
Additional celebrity presenters on the telethon include: Laila Ali, Tom Bergeron, ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, Jann Carl, Charles Esten, Terry Fator, Kevin Frazier, Josh Groban, Ludacris, Susan Lucci, Kesha, Alyssa Milano, Nancy O’Dell, Victor Ortiz, Brad Paisley, Chris Powell, Jordin Sparks and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.
About MDA Show of Strength Telethon
MDA’s first Labor Day weekend telethon was broadcast in 1966 on a single New York station and has become the most successful fundraising event in the history of television. The show, originally hosted by iconic star Jerry Lewis and with help from a legion of top celebrities and entertainers, has raised millions each year to provide life-enhancing support and services for the families MDA serves. The real stars on the broadcast have always been the MDA families who have graciously agreed to open their homes and hearts to America and tell their stories of strength. This year marks the 49th annual MDA telethon.
R.A. (RAC) Clark, longtime executive producer of the Academy of Country Music Awards, will return for a third consecutive year as MDA telethon executive producer.
In addition to funds contributed by the public, substantial support also comes from MDA’s family of national sponsors, whose work throughout the year on behalf of MDA will be recognized on the telethon. Among the sponsors: International Association of Fire Fighters, CITGO Petroleum Corp., Lowe’s, Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Jiffy Lube International, National Association of Letter Carriers, The Safeway Foundation, 7-Eleven, Dr Pepper Snapple Group/7UP, Acosta and Burger King.
Funds raised by MDA telethons also have contributed to the organization’s worldwide research program. Today, through current clinical trials, there is growing excitement that new lifesaving treatments and discoveries are on the horizon for many of the disorders MDA is dedicated to defeating, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Visit mda.org/showofstrength to learn more about the 2014 MDA telethon.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews. Learn more about MDA's mission by watching this video.
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