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Giants Celebrate MDA at Muscle Team Gala

New York, NY Three members of the Giants: P Jeff Feagles, OL Chris Snee, and DE Justin Tuck joined forces with numerous Giants alumni, including Howard Cross, Ottis Anderson, Tim Hasselbeck, Karl Nelson and Keith Elias, as well as athletes from around the city to raise money for the MDA on Tuesday.

Giants' players and alumni gathered to support the MDA on Tuesday at the annual Muscle Team Gala, raising approximately $1 million.

Now celebrating its 11th year, MDA's Muscle Team® is a high profile sports dinner where professional athletes join together to put their muscle behind the search to find treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases. Each athlete is paired with a MDA Buddy, a local child living with muscular dystrophy. Thanks to the generosity of the numerous supporters who attend the dinner, approximately $1 million is raised each year.

Jeff Feagles was honored as an MDA "Champion of Hope" for his continued efforts to raise money for the organization. Feagles has held a golf outing for the past 17 years, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. He represents the organization each Sunday during Giants' home games with a banner that hangs on the sidelines, and is always looking to find ways to be of benefit to the MDA.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency -- a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.

MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. With national headquarters in Tucson, MDA has more than 200 offices across the country, sponsors 230 hospital-affiliated clinics and supports nearly 400 research projects around the world. MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization in the world. MDA scientists are in the forefront of gene therapy research and have uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), childhood spinal muscular atrophy, and several other neuromuscular conditions.

The Association's comprehensive service program includes medical examinations, flu shots, support groups, MDA summer camps for youngsters and assistance with purchase of wheelchairs and leg braces.
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