TUCSON, Ariz— Jayson Tibbets of Plymouth, Minn., will be featured in an inspiring profile on the newly formatted national broadcast of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.
For the first time ever, the 46th annual MDA Labor Day Telethon will be shown entirely in prime time on a single evening, Sunday, Sept. 4. Broadcast from the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, it will air from 6 p.m. to midnight in every time zone.
In the Plymouth area, the Telethon will be seen on KSTC, Channel 45.
About Jayson Tibbets
Tibbets, 17, is affected by Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle weakness and degeneration. He uses a power chair for mobility.
In 2010, Tibbets served as the Minnesota MDA Goodwill Ambassador and also was honored by the Minnesota Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation as a “Hero in the Making” for his commitment to our community.
Tibbets is a student at Wayzata High School, and is a fan of sports and military history (his father is a retired Marine). He enjoys volunteering for MDA and traveling with his parents, Jay and Lynn, and younger brother, Jack (who does not have DMD). Like most teenagers, he also likes to hang out with his friends, who often show up to support him at the many programs and events he does for MDA.
About the MDA Labor Day Telethon
An outstanding lineup of top stars is set to appear on the Telethon this year, including Celine Dion, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Lopez, Darius Rucker and Jordin Sparks. In addition to the entertainment, the Telethon also will feature profiles of individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases, important and groundbreaking research updates, and presentations by MDA’s national sponsors.
Co-hosting the six-hour broadcast will be Nigel Lythgoe (“American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance”), Nancy O’Dell (“Entertainment Tonight”), Alison Sweeney (“The Biggest Loser” and author of The Mommy Diet) and television producer Jann Carl.
Approximately 150 "Love Network” stations will carry the Telethon from coast to coast, and it will be seen around the world via live streaming at mda.org.
This year’s Telethon will feature special behind-the-scenes segments from the show on the Association’s website mda.org, and social sites Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “Telethon Extras” will provide visitors with insight on living with a neuromuscular disease, information on current research, and interviews with celebrities, sponsors and MDA families from backstage during the Telethon.
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 maintains clinics for area adults and children with muscle diseases at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.