Guitar Heroes compete for MDA


Saturday, August 30th 2008, 6:29 pm
By: News 9


By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some metro kids and adults put their video game skills to use to help others.
A local 7-11 store held a Guitar Hero competition to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

It takes practice and skill to be labeled a Guitar Hero.

"I do alright," mother Tori Griffin said. "I can't enter this competition."

Griffin was one of several parents who brought children to the event.

"We're having fundraising at all our stores for the last 11 days," 7-11 employee Stephan Hamrick said.

The money raised at the 7-11 stores across the metro will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The children playing may not know it, but they played video games for children who are not able.

"I don't know if he really knows what it is yet," mother Julie Boggs said. "He hasn't asked me any questions, but I'm going to tell him what it is and what it stands for."

The MDA raises millions of dollars every Labor Day to fund research and treatment. The money is also used to send children suffering with muscular diseases to MDA camp.

Organizers of the event said they were encouraged by the support of the community, and amazed after seeing children outplay some adults.

The MDA Telethon will air on NEWS 9, starting Sunday at 11 a.m. and continuing through Labor Day.