Thanks for Making a Muscle!

by Melissa Brunner

It was different to be sitting with friends, actually watching segments of this year's MDA Show of Strength (ok, so we were doing more visiting than watching!), but I still felt the same emotions, inspiration and gratitude during the Sunday night show - and that's what it's all about!

I hope you took time to listen to and be inspired by the children, adults and families who live with neuromuscular disease every day. I hope you felt the same gratitude toward businesses and organizations, like the Topeka firefighters and the Harley riders, who worked tirelessly to raise thousands of dollars to help the families and find a cure. I hope you gained a little insight and understanding into why the search for a cure is so important. And, if you could afford it, I hope you took time to "make a muscle" and make a donation. While the national office will compile an overall total from events across the country and phone calls made Sunday night, we are proud to say northeast Kansas events brought in more than $185,000 this year!

A few people didn't get the word that the show would be on Sunday night for a second year. No worries - you can view the national segments and make a donation at The local segments will be posted at

Of course, airing the Show of Strength in prime time meant delaying regular CBS programming, much to the chagrin of some "Big Brother" fans. As a response, I offer you this response, posted on our Facebook page, from the mother of two boys living with Duchenne Dystrophy:

"A HUGE thank you to WIBW for once again supporting the MDA Telethon. Ralph and Melissa mere words cannot express our gratitude for all you do for our sons, Dylan and Dawson. Much love to you ♥. To those who think it was dumb stuff, I am

happy for you that your lives revolve around the "pretend" stuff on TV. While we live in the real world of pain, wheelchairs, surgeries and losing both our sons in their 20's. One day out of 365, is that really such a life changing event? Our sons have been in a drug study for 5 1/2 years, thousands of tests, drugs and needle pokes all to find a cure, as my 10 year son will tell you to help find a cure so no other little boy will have to spend his life in a wheelchair and not be able to grow up. Thats reality tv in the Brunkow home!"  -Sherri Brunkow



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