Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Raises Nearly $60.5 Million

Alison Sweeney, Nancy O'Dell and Jann Carl share a laugh with Jerry Lewis during the 44th annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon at the South Point Hotel & Casino September 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada Alison Sweeney, Nancy O'Dell and Jann Carl share a laugh with Jerry Lewis during the 44th annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon at the South Point Hotel & Casino September 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Despite the tough economy, officials with the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon say contributions and pledges from this year’s Labor Day event totaled nearly $60.5 million.

Officials say the funds will allow the Muscular Dystrophy Association to continue funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

Lewis, the Tucson-based MDA’s national chairman, thanked the American people for their generosity Monday.

He says that even though the total was down from last year’s record $65 million, it was an amazing accomplishment considering the state of the nation’s economy.

The 44th annual telethon originated for the fourth consecutive year from the South Point Hotel, Casino&Spa in Las Vegas.

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