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4:40 PM Tue, Nov. 20th

Muscular Dystrophy Stride & Ride event is today

For Sean Sobel, 16, of Prescott, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's third annual Stride & Ride 11 a.m. today at Prescott Gateway Mall is about meeting people and finding a cure for the disease he has.

Sean, the MDA ambassador in the Prescott area, has ridden his electric wheelchair in the Stride & Ride for the past three years and said he enjoys letting people in the area know about muscular dystrophy.

The Stride & Ride is a low-mileage, non-competitive walk with donations, said Jacqueline Cruz, fundraising coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year there will also be a raffle afterward for items like shop vacuums, restaurant gift certificates, and a hotel stay, Cruz said.

Sean's dad, Chris, said their group was among the top fundraisers at last year's Stride & Ride.

"This cause is near and dear to us," said Chris Sobel. "We wanted to get Sean involved in the community and to help find a cure for muscular dystrophy."

Cruz expects about 60 walkers to take part in the Stride & Ride in Prescott on Saturday.

"We'd love for people in the community to come out to show their support for people with muscular dystrophy and meet and mingle with our families," Cruz said.

The Stride & Ride is a great way for sponsors to meet the families they've been helping, Cruz said.

Sean said he also enjoys attending MDA summer camp.

"The best thing is meeting other people like me," Sean said.

Sean said his favorite things to do at MDA summer camp are playing wheelchair soccer and performing in the talent show. Sean plays electric guitar, and said he is trying to start a band. He's played his guitar on the Yavapai County courthouse plaza with his amp, Chris said.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding research worldwide, providing healthcare, support services, advocacy and education.