Earlier this morning Alan Berth, 63, began his 50 mile journey walking from Lawton to Altus in an effort to raise awareness and pledges for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. According to mda.org MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health organization sponsoring research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases. MDA research grants currently are supporting more than 250 projects worldwide.
“I’ll be leaving from Billingsly Ford at 8 a.m., and if I make it, I will arrive in Altus 25 hours later, walking 2.2 miles per hour,” said Berth.
This is not the first year Berth has taken on this power walk for MDA, this will be the fourth year.
“In 2012 I failed. I made it 28 miles out of Lawton, I was 59 years old then, and I didn’t make it. I wasn’t ready for it,” said Berth.
Knowing that this is something he really wanted to do, Berth took a try at it again the next year and he was successful.
Many wonder why Berth puts himself through it, and he simply says he does it for the kids.
“It’s the pledges I want. I want people to send money to MDA,” said Berth.
Berth is truly dedicated. He has been advised by doctors not to take on the walk this year, but he is doing so anyway. He is passionate about the cause and the children. This is something that is so much bigger than one individual person, but needs each individual’s attention and support.
Berth doesn’t actually handle any money. He is just a man on a mission to raise awareness in hopes that at the same time he may inspire other’s to donate and support the cause.
To learn more about MDA visit www.mda.org and for more information on Alan Berth and his mission visit www.mdapowerwalk.com.
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