The Muscular Dystrophy Association will hold its Taste of the Town fundraising event at Scottsdale Quarter on Friday.
Robert Reed was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 8. He received care at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
"When I was diagnosed, my family didn't have medical insurance, so MDA was there to provide free doctor care and helping me get diagnosed and getting the treatment that I needed," he said.
Thanks to MDA, Robert also attended summer camp and discovered wheelchair basketball. He's a member of the Banner wheel chair Suns and also coaches the junior team.
Now 22, Robert is an advocate for other kids and families battling the disease.
"As a kid, I didn't necessarily understand what was going on, but for my parents, it was really important to be able to talk to other parents that were going through the exact same thing," he said.
Taste of the Town is one of the biggest fundraising events MDA hosts locally. It will feature over 25 food and wine vendors, live music and a silent auction.
"What they're doing in this event and raising money.. it will go to help not only myself, but all my friends and all the people I've got to know that have muscular dystrophy and hopefully.. eventually be able to find a cure and have kids be able to walk and do the things that every kid wants to do," said Robert.
Tickets to Taste of the Town are $65. Visit the link below for a full list of food and entertainment.
Taste of the Town Oct. 18, 7pm - 10:30pm Scottsdale Quarter 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 tasteofthetownaz.com/mda
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