DECA to host 2015 Muscle Walk

By Matt Lasley -

The Grayson County High School DECA Club will host its annual Muscle Walk on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Muscle Walk benefits DECA’s signature fundraiser, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a nonprofit health agency that seeks to cure muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases by funding worldwide research.

The MDA also seeks to improve the lifestyle of individuals with neuromuscular diseases, as well as send children with neuromuscular diseases to MDA Camp, a summer camp created specifically for them, according to DECA President Zach Lashley.

This year’s Muscle Walk will be held at Leitchfield’s James D. Beville Park, and registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-10, and free for children ages 3 and under, according to Lashley, who is helping to coordinate the event alongside DECA Vice President of Charitable Causes Noah Cummings, and DECA Member Hannah Clemons.

The walk itself will be the distance of the Beville Park walking track and will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 31.

“Wear your Halloween costume,” said Cummings, adding that goodie bags will be provided to participants.

GCHS DECA first became involved with the MDA in 1997, raising a grand total of $400 in its first year, according to DECA Advisor Cynthia Smith.

Since 1997, GCHS DECA has worked to improve its fundraisers and has raised a grand total of $91,703.37 for the MDA, Lashley said.

Just this year, GCHS DECA has raised roughly $4,411 for the MDA, and the club has several more fundraising events left before the school year concludes.

One of its more noticeable fundraisers, “The Terrible Toilets,” recently concluded, and DECA members wish to thank the community for its support of the fundraiser.

“We raised more money this year than last year,” Cummings said.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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