TUCSON, Ariz. —Tyler Myers of Las Vegas will be featured on the national broadcast of the 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-6.
Tyler, 13, his parents, Brad and Doriann, and brother, Mason, will appear in a videotaped profile on the national Muscular Dystrophy Association broadcast, as well as live on the Las Vegas Telethon by KTVN, Channel 13. See his profile from 2009.
The national Telethon originates from the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT., Sunday, Sept. 5, and running for 21½ hours.
Tyler has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a degenerative genetic disease that progressively affects all voluntary muscles, the heart and breathing muscles. He uses a power wheelchair. His brother, Mason, 10, is not affected.
Outgoing and talkative, Tyler enjoys MDA summer camp, video and board games, power wheelchair soccer and animals of all kinds. He served as MDA's 2006 Las Vegas Goodwill Ambassador. Tyler and his family also have participated in the Harley-Davidson "Ride for Dreams," MDA Lock-Ups, Shamrocks Against Dystrophy kick-off events and MDA golf tournaments. In 2000, 2008 and 2009, Tyler appeared with his family on the local Las Vegas Telethon broadcast.
"Tyler's story is so compelling and moving that we decided to show it again this year," said MDA President & CEO Gerald Weinberg. "Tyler Myers isn't letting muscular dystrophy slow him down. There never seems to be enough time in the day for Tyler. He is a remarkable young man with a lot of talent."
The star-studded show is expected to be watched by nearly 40 million viewers in the United States and Canada via more than 170 television and cable stations in MDA's "Love Network." People worldwide will be able to see the Telethon live via RealNetworks at www.mda.org.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. MDA is the first nonprofit organization to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association ("for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity").
MDA maintains a clinic for area adults and children with muscle diseases at University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas