Get set for a rite of fall:  The Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon.  As in years past, a whole collection of talents will be lending their support.  And this year's telethon features some heavy hitters in country.

This year, the MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION  is doing a few things differently than in years past.  The 46th annual telethon will be broadcast on over 160 independent stations nationwide.  One big change this year is the fact that the telethon this year will only be a one day affair.  It will broadcast from noon to six pm in all time zones. 

The biggest change of course, is the absence of Jerry Lewis.  The long-time host will no longer have his name associated with the fundraising effort.

Jerry Lewis won't be there, but LADY ANTEBELLUM, MARTINA McBRIDE, and DARIUS RUCKER, will be featured during the show. 

They won't be there live, however.  Each performance was taped in JUNE at the GRAND OLE OPRY, and 12-year old MDA National Goodwill Ambassador ABBY UMALI, also made an appearance.

Opry Vice President and General Manager PETE FISHER said, “We’re pleased that Country music’s most famous stage was able to help create truly memorable segments for the MDA LABOR DAY TELETHON. LADY ANTEBELLUM, MARTINA McBRIDE, and DARIUS, transformed their OPRY performances into must-watch television to help advance MDA’s lifesaving mission.”

I think Martina, Lady Antebellum and Darius deserve to be recognized for their contributions to great causes.  And when it comes to diseases, muscular disorders are particularly punishing.  Any advances against them should be funded as much as possible.

If you would like to learn more about the organization, please feel free to visit their website.

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