For more than four decades, Jerry Lewis has worked overtime on Labor Day weekend to raise funds to defeat neuromuscular diseases. In that time, the Telethon has brought in more than $2 billion for MDA’s programs of help and hope.
|Entertainment Tonight's Jann Carl will again serve as co-host of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
Broadcasting from Las Vegas, Lewis and longtime anchor and friend Ed McMahon will orchestrate a marathon event that alternates between premier entertainment and the serious business of raising awareness of deadly illnesses like ALS.
Prominent again among this year’s spokespersons will be Augie and Lynne Nieto of Corona del Mar, Calif., co-chairs of MDA’s ALS Division. Another familiar figure will be R. Rodney Howell, M.D., new chairman of MDA’s Board of Directors. Howell will update viewers on the status of MDA research.
New Telethon faces include 34-year-old Scott Stafne of Minneapolis. Stafne, who faces ALS with spirit and determination, will share his story, accompanied by his wife, Kristen, and 2-year-old daughter, Eva.
The 2007 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon begins at 9 p.m. EDT on Sept. 2 and runs non-stop for 21½ hours. To find your local station, visit www.mda.org/telethon/findyourstation.html. The show also is available online by way of streaming video provided by RealNetworks.