CHICAGO, June 15, 2014 — All of us at the Muscular Dystrophy Association were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of broadcasting legend Casey Kasem, beloved for his warm vocal tones and gentlemanly demeanor and remembered for his work on such influential shows as "American Top 40" (not to mention for being the voice of Shaggy on “Scooby-Doo”). Many will also remember the hugely important roles Casey played since the 1970s on MDA’s Labor Day Telethon, both on the national portion alongside Telethon star Jerry Lewis and on the local broadcast in Los Angeles.
And even beyond the Telethon, Casey was always there for MDA, filming commercials for our carnival program, performing “Man on the Street” interviews with passersby about progress in muscle disease research, and speaking with radio stations across the country to promote awareness of MDA’s mission. No job was too big or small for Casey as long as it helped make life better for the families MDA serves.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with Casey’s family. MDA will never forget his unfailing professionalism and the love and compassion he showed for children and adults fighting muscle disease.
Watch MDA Remembers Casey Kasem.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews. Learn more about MDA's mission by watching this video.