Muscular Dystrophy Association seeking award applicants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking nominations for its 14th annual Personal Achievement Awards.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of people with disabilities in Hawai’i caused by neuromuscular diseases.

Nomination forms are available from the MDA office and must be submitted by Jan. 23, 2006. Individuals or organizations may make nominations.

The only qualification is that the nominee be affected by one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program and be registered with this Association.

MDA initiated the Personal Achievement Awards program in 1992 to honor the contributions of people with disabilities, especially in their local communities. Since inception of the program, MDA has recognized over 1,000 award recipients.

Past Hawai’i recipients include Morris Nakamura of Ewa Beach, active member of the city and county of Honolulu’s Committee for Accessible Transportation; Jovanka Ijacic of Honolulu, crowned Mrs. Oahu in 2001; and Albert Robillard of Kailua, professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Award recipients receive certificates and are invited to appear on locally broadcast segments of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

Additional information and nomination forms for the Personal Achievement Awards may be obtained from the local MDA office by phone (808) 593-4454 or email jli@mdausa.org.

MDA is a voluntary health agency dedicated to helping the more than 1 million Americans affected by neuromuscular disorders through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

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