DECATUR, AL (WHNT) — The 2nd Annual Ethan Lybrand March for MDA proved to be a huge success Saturday at Delano Park in Decatur.
Ethan was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2011. His parents immediately decided it was important that they support the organization that could potentially find a cure for their son’s illness.
“When we found out he had muscular dystrophy, we knew nothing about the disease,” says Ethan’s father, Josh Lybrand. “A lot of people dont know about it, so we want to get awareness out and get information to them so they know what this disease is and how critical it is that we raise money and find a cure.”
Hundreds of family, friends, and community member showed up at the park to march for Ethan Lybrand and raise money for MDA.
Even “Big Al” made a special stop to say hello and support the Ethan Lybrand MDA March.
Despite the windy chill in the air, the atmosphere was positive and warm.
“I can’t put into words the appreciation I have for everyone who has donated, registered and showed up here,” said Lybrand. “It’s overwhelming and I’m just so thankful they are here to be a part of this.”
Jessica Vernor works with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was on hand at the march to help out and organize the fundraising efforts.
“It means so much to the family to have this kind of support in the local community,” said Vernor. “It’s awesome that people are coming out and helping their son like this, and hopefully one day they will find a cure, a cure to heal Ethan.”
All proceeds from the 2nd Annual Ethan Lybrand March go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
This year’s event raised around $10,000 for MDA.