Edgewater, FL – Everglades Boats recently teamed up with Fishing For Muscular Dystrophy (FFMD) – an organization Strategically Aligned with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). FFMD is devoted to increasing awareness of muscle disease and financially supporting research for Muscular Dystrophy.
Muscular Dystrophy is a degenerative and incurable disease affecting mostly boys and men. There are many different types of MD – all stemming from genetic mutations that affect how the body grows, repairs, and regenerates muscles. At this time, there is no cure for MD – something that both Everglades and FFMD hope to change in the near future.
FFMD was founded by Paul Robertson, a successful businessman who was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) 15 years ago. Never letting the disease slow him down, Paul has focused his unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit on finding a cure for MD. After reaching out to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Paul drew up plans for a competitive fishing team whose efforts would fund research for MD. Everglades was quick to jump on board – providing a 435cc for the team to use at 15 multi-day offshore tournaments along the eastern seaboard and gulf coast throughout 2016. The FFMD team will also appear at six boat shows and three MDA camps. By the end of 2016 FFMD plans to add two additional teams for salt water in-shore and freshwater bass fishing tournaments – each led by a man or woman living with a muscular disease. Private contributions, sponsor donations, and tournament winnings will be donated directly to the MDA – with an expected $1 million annual donation.
Bryan Harris, VP of Sales and Marketing described the partnership saying, “Teaming up with FFMD was a no-brainer for us. Our success allows us to give back to the community and there is no person more deserving than Paul … and no organization better-fitting for us than FFMD. With Paul leading the charge, we knew the partnership would be fast-moving and rewarding.”
“Everglades was a natural choice for our cause. Their 43-ft boat is fully rigged and ready to take on the competition – just what we need to bring in a big haul,” said Paul. “FFMD will be donating to MDA 70% of our annual operating surplus received from private and corporate donations and 50% of our tournament winnings. These proceeds will be going to MD research, winning is everything.”
The FFMD team opened the competition season aboard the Everglades 435cc at the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Tournament earlier this month in Key Largo, FL – finishing 6th out of 31 boats.
For more information about FFMD visit www.fishingforMD.com.
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MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence, and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care, and champion the cause at www.MDA.org.