Nancy O’Dell, host of the entertainment-news show “Access Hollywood” and MDA’s National ALS Ambassador, has teamed with MDA to launch Betty’s Battle in honor of her mother, Betty Humphries, who died last year of ALS.
MDA’s Betty’s Battle will raise funds for the MDA ALS Division, supporting services and ALS research.
“I’m so grateful to MDA for everything they did for my family and me during my mom’s illness,” O’Dell said. “It’s my hope that through Betty’s battle, we will make possible a future without ALS and no other family will have to go through what mine did.”
On Aug. 23, O’Dell launched the fundraising campaign at the World Wrestling Entertainment “SummerSlam” pay-per-view event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Serving as a celebrity backstage interviewer, O’Dell raised ALS awareness through media interviews and a VIP “Axxess” party at h.wood club in Los Angeles.
“We’re honored to include Nancy among the MDA family,” MDA President & CEO Gerald C. Weinberg said.
“MDA Betty’s Battle will give us the opportunity to reach out to Nancy’s fans and friends, and educate and empower them to make a difference in the fight against ALS.”
In addition to her television duties, O’Dell recently wrote a book about parenting, Full of Life: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2009). This Labor Day weekend she serves a second year as a co-host on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. She also is an MDA national vice president, a volunteer position.
For more information about MDA’s Betty’s Battle, visit www.bettysbattle.org, or call (800) 572-1717.