NEW YORK, August 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will honor Dr. alan petronk of university of washington Medicine School, mike bush, the legendary host of NBC’s KSDK-TV 5 On Your Side, and the MDA Muscle Walk team ‘The Flying Pigs’ comprised of the Hawn and Bliss Holler families. The prizes will be part of the 35the Annual ‘show of force’ organized by Bush on Sunday, September 4broadcasting primetime on KSDK-TV live from Grants Farm at Saint Louis, Missouriof 8-10 p.m. Central Time.

Throughout MDA’s more than 70-year history, local volunteers and communities have remained at the core of the organization’s mission to empower the people it serves to live longer, more independent lives. . The MDA Tribute Award honors the legacy and lifelong work of those who have been tireless in their efforts to support patients and their families in the neuromuscular disease community. NBC’s KSDK-TV ‘Show of Strength’ Continues to Raise Funds in Support of MDA Summer CampCenters for care, research, advocacy and support services.

MDA Tribute Award dr alan petronkMDA & ALS Care Center Co-Director at university of washington The School of Medicine has served MDA families for more than 50 years treating adults and children for diseases of the muscles and nerves. Dr. Pestronk’s work has brought progress in neuromuscular diseases and hope to families. He has trained more than 100 neuromuscular fellows to continue to make progress. Dr. Petronk served on the MDA Medical Advisory Committee.
MDA Tribute Award mike bush – MDA honors Bush, legendary broadcaster and host of KSDK’s MDA ‘Show of Strength’ fundraiser. Bush has remained steadfastly committed to MDA families for 35 years and helped raise critical funds to advance research, care and advocacy for people living with neuromuscular diseases.
MDA Tribute Award Team Muscle Walk ‘The Flying Pigs’ a unique team of two families who were neighbors, Jennifer and Chris HawnY emily happiness Y doug yell and their three children. Together, his family connection to neuromuscular diseases led them to team up to raise critical awareness and funding for research and care for families. Their struggle of love, loss and hope fuels their mission to make the impossible possible, as in ‘when pigs fly’. They see a flying pig as a symbol of hope and faith, believing that if we work together, nothing is impossible.

“This award reflects my very rewarding, long-standing relationship with MDA. MDA supported my own neuromuscular training fellowship and my first fellowship in Johns Hopkins in the 1970s. For the past 30 years, MDA has supported our multidisciplinary MDA pediatric and adult clinics in university of washington in Saint Louis. Our neuromuscular group has collaborated with MDA to develop insights, treatments, and improvements in quality of life for patients with myasthenia gravis, inherited myopathies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy, and other neuromuscular disorders,” said Dr. Pestronk.

“I have been involved with MDA for over 30 years and these children and adults are my heroes. They meet challenges every day with kindness and grace, and it is a great honor in my life to do whatever I can to help,” Arbusto said.

“MDA Tribute Tours has celebrated Strength in Unity, Strength in Community in Las Vegas, Nashville, houston and now Saint Louis. We can’t wait to join in a show of strength, gratitude and admiration for these extraordinary people who have been tireless in their efforts to support our Saint Louis families and communities we serve,” said cristina welkerChief of Staff of the MDA.

MDA Tribute Tour – Saint Louis

Labor Day Weekend: The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), St. Louis Local 73 Fire and EMS Professionals, and Eastern Missouri Local 2665 Professional Fire Fighters will fill the trunk in and around the Saint Louis metro area throughout Labor Day weekend. Saint Louis Fire Fighters Local 73 will also fill the trunk before St. Louis Cardinals games from september 2nd to 5th90 minutes before game time at Ballpark Village.
Saturday, September 3 a 5:40 p.m. Central Time: Ceremonial MDA first pitch at St. Louis Cardinals game and check presentation with an MDA family and Dr. Donald S. WoodPresident and CEO of MDA.
Sunday, September 4 of 8-10 p.m. Central Time: NBC’s 5 On Your Side KSDK-TV ‘Show of Strength’ two-hour primetime television special live from Grant’s Farm for the 35the anniversary of mike bush host this traditional Labor Day weekend fundraiser. Anne Allred Y Rene Knott will co-host Donations can be made at The show can be viewed live on KSDK,, KSDK’s YouTube channel, and through the 5+ app available for free on Roku and Fire TV. The program features stories from the neuromuscular disease community, including MDA Tribute Awards that honor families at the heart of the mission, the medical teams at MDA’s Pediatric, Adult and ALS Care Centers, including in university of washington School of Medicine, volunteers and partners.

“Hope for a longer, more independent life is now becoming a reality for thousands of patients with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases. Patients and their families who are at the core of MDA’s mission and vision. We are pleased to bring together to the MDA community in Saint Louis – including our families, medical teams from our Care Center Network, our IAFF partners and the Cardinals – to kick off Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month in September. This is an important time of year for key events, longstanding traditions with valued partners, and innovative programming that includes community education, engagement with the MDA Tribute Tour, and advocacy,” said Donald S. WoodPh.D., CEO, MDA.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the number 1 voluntary health organization in the United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. For more than 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. MDA’s mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To know more visit and follow MDA on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, tik tokY LinkedIn.

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