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2023 Steve Furnary Love Run

Donate To This Campaign

Once again, over the next four weeks this summer, I will be doing my 41st annual fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Many of you receiving this letter have actually donated to this fundraiser over many years and some since the beginning.  I am thankful beyond belief for this. 

Last year’s fundraiser resulted in a total contribution to MDA of $152,375. As always, I am most thankful for the generosity that comes from this request. As in prior years, my fundraiser is simple. I will walk twenty miles over the course of a month and ask you to make a single charitable contribution to MDA for this effort.

As I say each year, the research efforts continue for a cure or, at least an improvement in life for muscle disease patients.

BUT this last year was different than any I have witnessed in the last 41 years, similar to the excitement that was created with the discovery of the gene in 1986 which, when defective, causes Duchenne and Beckers Muscular Dystrophy.  Robust research has now led to the advancement of a number of drugs which look promising for treating these diseases; two are now in the approval process and are gaining support for FDA approval of clinical trials.  There are several hurdles ahead but there are also many who are working in the drug development field to advance the drugs that can greatly improve or cure these diseases.  We have been waiting 40 years for this so the road ahead, albeit challenging, is worth celebrating.  Of course, the funding of good research is greatly needed. 

With my retirement from Clarion, I have become more involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association now as a Board Member and this is most gratifying. 

I hope you will donate this year.  The process of giving is easy since there are no dinners, no time commitments and 100% of your contribution goes directly to MDA.  I would very much appreciate your participation and it’s very easy - donate through this page or alternatively, you may follow a long-standing tradition and make your check payable to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and forward it to Carol Chang who continues to work with me (in her retirement!).   Her contact information is:

250 Charles Avenue

Massapequa Park, NY 11762


M: 646-339-0029


Thanks for your continued support.




Stephen J Furnary

917 655 9177