Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Winter Dance MDA Supporters Look to Raise Awareness, Funds with Annual

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Winter Dance MDA Supporters Look to Raise Awareness, Funds with Annual

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MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IS A DISEASE THAT THE MOSBY FAMILY KNOWS ALL TOO WELL. KEITH MOSBY IS LIVING WITH THE DISEASE, BUT IS NOT THE ONLY ONE IN HIS FAMILY LIVING WITH IT. HIS OLDER BROTHER, DENNIS MOSBY, ALSO HAS THE DISEASE. THE GENETIC DISORDER TRAVELED DOWN THE BLOODLINE FROM THE THEIR GRANDFATHER, TO THEIR MOTHER AND UNCLE AND FINALLY TO THEM. But they are not battling anything alone. Keith's wife has been by his side since the very beginning of his trips to the hospital. "When I realized what it might be, my heart sank," Kathy said. "I started seeing him not as strong as he was, out of breath all the time. I was filled with worry since the beginning." Keith first started realizing signs of muscular dystrophy when he was 43. He was working for the city doing manual labor. He started noticing his job was progressively getting harder to do and visited the doctor. The doctors never specifically diagnosed him with muscular dystrophy, but the family's medical history was a clear sign of what was causing his growing tiredness.

Since that moment, both Keith and Kathy have been actively involved with Evansville's branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to do all they can to combat the disease. 0ne of the ways they work with the MDA is by planning and running the annual Winter Dance, a dance to benefit the MDA.

The couple took over the Winter Dance in 2005 and made it into a West Side tradition. The evening starts out with a dinner provided each year by the West Haven Chalet, where the event is held. This year's dinner will be fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw, tea and coffee. "I always order a little more food than I should because I am constantly worried about running out," Kathy said.

"I always tell my family that we are the last to eat in case we do run out of food. …

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