By Caitlin Kukta, HKTV Student
(November 16, 2023) — HKTV students at Haddam Killingworth High School are excited to announce “Kindness Over Muscular Dystrophy” as the beneficiary of the 35th Annual Holiday Telethon. The founders of the non-profit organization are Christopher and Jessica Curran, the parents of Conner, a 13-year-old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Duchenne is an incurable form of muscular dystrophy characterized by a rapid deterioration of muscles, most commonly affecting young boys. Duchenne is typically diagnosed between the ages of 3 and 7 and occurs in one out of every 5,000 boys. As of now, there is no known cure.
All money raised by HKTV’s Holiday Telethon will go to KOMD to support their search for more research and hopefully a cure for this disease. The decision to name the Currans and KOMD as the beneficiaries of this year’s holiday show was easy once those involved heard Conner’s story. Diagnosed at the age of four, Conner and his family have made it their mission to find a cure for the disease.
(Photo above, HKHS Event Broadcast Production Class: Front Left to Right-Reagan Aronson, Martin Kuchyt, Joseph Breton and Jeffrey Schull. Back Left to Right-Christopher Palmieri, Mason Mazzotta, David Sargent, Damen Ridgeway, Leeha Reddy, Lindsay Blade and Molly O’Neal.)
The 35th Annual HKTV Holiday Show will air live on Friday, December 22, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Comcast Channel 18, Frontier Channel 6090 and on the web at Holidayshow.rsd17.org.
Pledges can be made by calling 860-554-5490 during the live broadcast. Pledges can also be made by going to Holidayshow.rsd17.org; checks can be made payable to HKHS. All pledges over $25 will be entered into a drawing for a “Fish Bowl Prize” and donors will have the option to be thanked live on air. All donations are greatly appreciated by HKTV and the “Kindness Over Muscular Dystrophy” organization.
Photo by Kasha Topa-Finberg