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ERA Matt Fischer Realtor Hosts MDA Benefit at Water Park

2013-07-23 17:38:00

Last year, ERA Matt Fischer Realtor raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association by holding a walkathon.

This year the local real estate agency is doing something way cooler.

And the public is invited to join in the fun by coming out to play at Waylon’s Water World from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The water park is located at Z Fun Factory, 4446 E. County 10th St. For the evening, admission will be a special rate of $15.

Brice and Becky Zeller, owners of the water park, have agreed to donate one-third of the proceeds from the fun and wet evening to MDA.

In addition, ERA Matt Fischer will make a donation to the organization as well as donations that have been received from the public for a total that Broker Michael Hall hopes will exceed last year’s contribution.

The MDA evening at the water park is being held in conjunction with the real estate agency’s grand finale for its Treasure Hunt of Homes that has been held over the last two months of model homes in several subdivisions. The grand prize, to be given out during Thursday’s event, is a 2013 Toyota Yaris contributed by NOVA Home Loans. And if the winner is present for the drawing, they also will receive a $500 Chevron gas card.

“If we get a lot of people to the water park, we will be able to raise a lot of money for MDA because of the Zellers’ generosity,” Hall said.

And if MDA kids want to participate, each will be provided with a personal life guard, he added.

Hall said ERA Matt Fischer Realtor has been a supporter of MDA “forever,” raising at least $10,000 a year during the last several years through various efforts for the organization.

“They’ve been a huge supporter for MDA over the years,” agreed Tina Wadham, fund-raising coordinator for MDA in the Arizona district. “I’m so thankful to Matt Fischer. The whole group has consistently been a supporter of MDA. I’m thrilled to have this partnership and I’m really looking forward to Thursday.”

The money raised will help fund services MDA provides to 2,500 families statewide, she said. Those services include:

• Secondary health insurance for MDA clients.

• Medical clinics in Tucson and Phoenix for both children and adults who have muscular diseases. At the clinics, MDA clients can see neurologists, therapists and other health care providers in one visit.

• Support groups tailored to the needs of MDA clients of all ages.

• A $500 annual stipend to clients to help with costs of repairs and maintenance of their durable medical equipment, such as the purchase of new wheelchair batteries.

• Loan closet of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs and lifts for as long as the client needs them.

“It’s really important to the clients to provide the help and support they need,” Wadham said.

MDA also hosts a summer camp for children with muscular diseases at Whispering Hope Ranch where “they get to be kids,” Wadham said. At the camp, children in wheelchairs are able to ride horses, participate in talent shows and a dance. Wheelchair soccer is a particular favorite.

In addition, MDA funds research to find treatments and cures for the 43 kinds of neurological diseases the organization covers.

“This gives people hope, Wadham said, noting that through advances made, people are living longer and enjoying an improved quality of life.

“It’s impacting their lives positively,” she concluded.