LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) - A Crawfordsville family is serving as this year's MDA Goodwillambassadors.
Greg and Laura Nichols and their two children are VIPs atthe Crawfordsville Fire Department. "Firemen are fixers. It's whatwe do, " said firefighter Darren Forman. "We fix medical and fireproblems. We can't fix James, despite our best efforts. We canatleast make their lives a little easier."
Forman takes the family on a tour of the firestation. Jamesand his sister Georgana have Congenital Fiber Type DisproportionalMyopathy. It's a slowly progressing disease that affects the nervesand muscles.
"Firefighters are very nice," said Georgana. "They are able tohelp MDA and I really appreciate it." Georgana smiled whenFireman Forman placed a helmet on her head.
James and his sister Georgana are this year's MDA GoodwillAmbassadors. "It's good telling people about MDA and how theyhelp people like us," said Georgana. "We are just trying to get theword out so everyone knows it is in your backyard. It's in yourschool, church and community," said Laura Nichols.
This summer, Georgana fell and broke her leg. James outgrewhis leg braces. "He had a bout this summer where he didn't hardlywalk at all, because he had outgrown his braces and had troublegetting new ones," said Greg Nichols. He said the MuscularDystrophy Association stepped in to help pay for new braces. "NowI'm starting to get up, walk the whole house," said James. "I am sohappy I can walk now." James' father said James' braces cost $2,500every six months. "As hard as I work that's not something I canmake up real well."
Firefighter Darren Forman said the MDA provides morethan just equipment, it provides hope. "They almost have a cure,"said forman. "Scientists can find a cure for one thing, then theycan cure another. It kind of snowballs. We are hoping for that onecure."
"It's important if you can give," said Laura Nichols."Whether it is a $1, $2, $3. It helps child go to camp thatotherwise can't. It helps buy braces, wheelchairs, research andother things we are not even award of. It's a big organization andit does a lot of good."
You can watch this year's M-D-A telethon right hereon WLFI.
Coverage begins Sunday at 8:00p.m. and continues until 6:30p.m. Monday.
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