CS Kim Karate Inc. in Sarver is hosting a kick-a-thon on Tuesday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Brian Sackett, master and owner of the Sarver site, said the school started working with the association 30 years ago to raise funds. He said that over the years they were able to raise over $500,000.
Sackett said all proceeds are donated locally to help buy wheelchairs and special machines, and to send children with muscular dystrophy to camps.
“In the world of martial arts, we learn how to be a better person,” he said. “That’s why we do it every year.”
Sackett said a group of 30 kids will be split into groups. Each group will kick for 20 minutes, then bring their total number of kicks to their sponsor or donor to calculate the amount of money that will be donated.
A student can average 2,000 kicks in 20 minutes, Sackett said.
Sackett said the public is invited to witness the children’s efforts or donate to MDA on Facebook by searching for “Brian’s Fundraiser for 2022 Muscle Walk Your Way.”
The MDA is the premier voluntary health organization in the United States for people with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases, spokeswoman Mary Fiance said.
Fiance said funds raised for the organization are used to accelerate research, advance care and advocate for families.
Jamie Devlin, vice president of fundraising and community engagement, said MDA serves more than 11,600 families living with neuromuscular disease across Pennsylvania. The MDA has 12 locations in the state.
“It’s amazing to see a community like this come together to support MDA’s mission and be part of the progress and impact we’re making together,” he said.
Devlin noted that ten years ago there were no cures for neuromuscular diseases. Now, thanks to research funds, breakthroughs have been made in genetic medicine with 15 FDA-approved treatments over the past 12 years, he said.
“Today our families are living longer, more self-sufficient and independent lives, and we are grateful for the support of this effort,” Devlin said.
Sackett said continuing to hold events like this helps raise awareness about neuromuscular diseases and how to get involved to help.
“Any way of helping someone always brings us joy,” he said. “We say we kick the kids who can’t. It is very enriching. »