MDA’s Honorary Goodwill Ambassador Julian Pavone, ‘The World’s Youngest Drummer!’ to Perform at Annual Stride & Ride Event

Bloomfield Hills, MI, May 02, 2009 --( Julian Pavone, who at 20-months-old began to make worldwide headlines as a drummer, will now showcase his talent to raise money for MDA’s 2009 Stride & Ride event. This will take place on Sunday May 3, 2009 at Somerset Mall in Troy, MI. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and the victory walk begins at 10:00 AM. There will be over 800 walkers, wheelchairs and scooters participating in the 6th Annual MDA Stride & Ride to benefit local individuals and families coping with muscular dystrophy and related progressive muscle diseases.

The Sponsors for Stride & Ride include the following; Advantage Mobility Outfitters, Binson’s Home Health Care, Mobility Works, Sam’s Club, Wright & Filippis, Amigo Mobility, Pepsi, Go Baby Fruit BarsTM and Harmonie Network. Alisa Z from WWJ News Radio Detroit will emcee the event and Julian Pavone, “The World’s Youngest Drummer!”® will be the headline performer. Also performing will be The Hot Club of Brazil, featuring Francesco Cavallini, classical guitarist and music professor with the University of Michigan and the Flint Institute of Music.

Julian has appeared on more than 100 Television and News shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "Good Morning America", "Martha Stewart", "Inside Edition", "Good Company", "Japan TV", "The Maury Show", "Fox News Dayside", MSNBC, WGN, starred in a Korean documentary, and many others. He plays a 22-piece custom drum set with 17 cymbals and has received worldwide media coverage with more than 7,500 newspaper and magazine articles written about him. Along with Julian’s T-shirts, drumsticks and CDs, he will also launch his new product “Go Baby Fruit Bars”TM and donate a portion of the proceeds to MDA.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat muscular dystrophy and related diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, advocacy, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors. MDA maintains medical clinics nationwide for adults and children with muscle-wasting diseases. Medical services in the metro Detroit area are provided through Children’s Hospital, Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders, University Health Center and Wayne State University. In addition, area children with neuromuscular diseases enjoy a free week of MDA summer camp at Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI.

"Stride & Ride brings the community together for a worthwhile cause. It's a great opportunity to have fun and spend time with friends while helping others", said Maggie Segal, MDA Health Care Services Coordinator. Last year's Stride & Ride raised over $89,000 and this year we hope to exceed that. Individuals and teams are encouraged to raise a minimum of $85 in donations, the cost of one minute of MDA research. Awards are given to the teams who raise the most money or receive the most donations.

For more information about:
Stride & Ride; Canton (734) 416-7076, Farmington (248) 474-0235 or Sterling Heights (586) 274-9000.
Muscular Dystrophy Association, visit
Julian Pavone, visit
Harmonie Network, visit

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