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Laugh To Cure MND Reaches $100,000

The tennis family came together during the Australian Open, helping the Laugh To Cure MND campaign reach its fundraising target of $100,000 for a new research study on the disease.

Published January 29, 2014 12:14

MELBOURNE, Australia - During the Australian Open the Laugh To Cure MND campaign was launched, with the goal of raising awareness and funds in a positive, uplifting way to help find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease. Melbourne locals Pat and Angie Cunningham spearheaded the campaign - Angie Cunningham, the former Vice President of Player Relations & On Site Operations at the WTA, was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2012 and is currently trying to fight through it.

The goal was to raise $100,000 for a new research study - that goal was reached in just two weeks.

"We are so thrilled to have exceeded our goal of raising $100,000 for motor neurone disease research," Angie said. "We have been blown away by the incredible support and efforts of all of our friends at the WTA and in the tennis community. Not only did we hit our funding goal but we exceeded our hopes for an increase in awareness and this has been so very rewarding not only to me but also to others living with or affected by the disease. The public attention the stars of tennis have brought to the MND/ALS community has been amazing and so greatly received by people who dearly need some hope and support. Thank you to all our friends for an incredibly rewarding and successful few weeks."

Throughout the two weeks of the Australian Open, the stars of the tennis world helped spread the word through Twitter and Facebook - here's a collage of a few of those stars spreading that word...

Laugh To Cure MND

The campaign's next phase will be announced soon - visit www.laughtocuremnd.com for the latest.

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