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[July 05, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Heartland Hope promises to become the largest MDA Harley-Davidson fundraiser in the country. This new event Sept. 7-8 will include a partnership with Harley-Davidson and their Harley Owners Group chapter members from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

This destination ride will begin at local dealerships and end at the Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Mo. Once at the plant, riders will enjoy Harley-Davidson's dyno truck, demo fleet, dealer mall and traveling museum as well as live entertainment and more.

Hall's Harley-Davidson and members of their HOG chapters have been invited to sell raffle tickets to a 2007 Street Bob. This customized bike will be raffled off Sept. 8, but individuals need not be present to win. Tickets are currently being sold for $5 each or five for $20.

Dealers who sell $10,000 in raffle tickets and individual riders who raise $1,000 from raffle tickets sales or sponsorships will be invited to attend a VIP reception the evening of Sept. 7 at the farm of Harley-Davidson's plant manager and vice president, Karl Eberle. In addition, each dealer will be provided a hospitality tent to welcome members of their HOG chapters.

All of the money raised by Hall's Harley-Davidson and their HOG Chapter members will stay to provide services for local families fighting neuromuscular disease. For more information, contact the Muscular Dystrophy Association at 217-787-6940 or visit and


How MDA funding helps

  • Flu shot -- $25

  • One minute of research -- $85

  • One support group session -- $100

  • One physical, occupational or respiratory therapy consultation -- $150

  • Professional fees related to initial diagnostic work-up at an MDA clinic -- $200

  • Assists one person for one year with the repair of a wheelchair or leg braces -- $500

  • Sends one child to MDA summer camp -- $650

  • Assists one person with the purchase of a wheelchair, leg bracers or communication device -- $2,000

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  • Of every dollar MDA spends, 77.4 cents goes directly to research, health care services and education, the rest to fund raising and administration.

  • MDA spends $85 a minute in its worldwide research program, supporting some 350 teams.

  • MDA spends $175 a minute in its health care services program, including clinics and summer camp.

  • MDA spends $46 a minute in its professional and public health education program, including publications, online sites and research conferences.

  • MDA maintains some 225 hospital-affiliated clinics, including 37 MDA/ALS centers.

  • MDA clinics are staffed by teams of top health professionals skilled in the diagnosis and medical management of neuromuscular diseases. Services provided at MDA clinics may include occupational therapy, selected diagnostic tests, genetic counseling, respiratory therapy and more.

  • MDA is sponsoring some 90 weeklong summer camp sessions in 2007, serving more than 4,000 young people across the country and in Puerto Rico. Over 5,000 volunteers give a week of their time to serve as MDA camp counselors.

  • The 2006 telethon raised a record $61 million in contributions and pledges.

  • Telethon 2006 was viewed by more than 40 million people in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and by millions more worldwide via the Internet.

[Text from file received from MDA Land of Lincoln Chapter]

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