EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Hundreds of people took their Labor Day celebrations to Eau Claire Monday to raise money and give strength to people in need.
They came celebrate the unofficial last day of summer at the 26th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Carnival.
Fourteen-year-old Nick Nelson of Mondovi was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy nearly eight years ago, according to his dad, John Nelson.
“I try to pretend that I don't have it,” Nick Nelson said. “It makes your muscles weaker.”
“(People with the disease) just lose strength and ability to walk,” John said.
“It's a challenge for us in getting him from place to place and transferring him and doing things with him,” he said.
Nick has been in a wheelchair since age eight, John said.
“(Nick) can't do things that other kids do, which is a little hard on him, but he gets to go to camp and do things there that really, he has a lot of fun with, and we still try and keep him as active as possible.”
Going to camp each year is made possible by MDA, funded through donations, he said. About $7,500 were raised at the carnival Monday, according to Festival Foods Public Relations Specialist Kelly Poppele.
“The money does all go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association; it stays here locally in the Eau Claire area. They use that money for education and research and families who are needing assistance,” Poppele said.
There were inflatables, a bounce house, limo rides, a food court, a silent auction, bingo and a car show for people to enjoy.
“There's no better feeling than when we plan an event and people show up at it,” she said.
“This (event) is great, we've been out here for the last few years and they do a great job putting on a fundraiser here for MDA. A lot of people come through, have a lot of fun, it's a very nice event,” John Nelson said.
John said events like these help in the push to find a cure.
“The more people know, the better things are. There's some cures in a human trial phase right now, so that people coming out and learning about those things that see that their contributions and support here really does make a difference,” he said.
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