Austin Booth likely will never forget Labor Day weekend 2010. He’s going to be on television.

Austin Booth likely will never forget Labor Day weekend 2010. He’s going to be on television.

Booth, an 8-year-old who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, will be heavily involved in this year’s Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

The telethon will take place live from the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City on Labor Day.

Each Labor Day, actor and comedian Jerry Lewis hosts his annual nationwide telethon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It has been held annually since 1966 and has raised more than $1.46 billion.

Austin’s story will be told on KSMO television on Sept. 5 and on KCTV 5 on Sept. 6.

Each year, the station profiles a child, a young adult and an adult with dystrophy.

“They’re going to talk with us live,” said stepfather Darrel Moudy.

The family lives on Spring Avenue in unincorporated Jackson County between Kansas City and Independence at Interstate 435 and 23rd Street.

Austin started third grade this week at Korte Elementary School.

He was diagnosed at age 6 with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This form progressively degenerates muscles. Duchenne affects males between the ages of 2 to 6 years old.

With Austin, the disease has caused his calves to balloon with fat and not regular muscle development.

The dystrophy will progressively get worse. By teenage years, the children typically will be in wheelchairs. Many do not live past their late teens or early 20s.

Duchenne attacks the lower body then spreads to the upper body.

Austin has been an annual guest on the KC MDA Telethon because of his annual fundraising accomplishments. Austin has raised more than $8,000 in the last two years.

On Aug. 7, Austin held his  third annual 8-ball tournament for MDA at Twin Stroke Bar & Grill in Blue Springs. The event raised nearly $1,700 through entry fees of 41 players. That’s the most in the history of the event.

The money raised at the Blue Springs event and Austin’s goal of raising $5,000 by the telethon will go toward MDA.

“Our deal about raising money is that if researchers can find a suitable treatment,” Moudy said.

That would be a way to manipulate a child’s genes to start producing dystrophine, a chemical that, in healthy people, repairs muscles to grow, can be jump-started.

“It won’t repair the damage that’s already been done,” he said, “but it would slow it down or stop it all together.”

The money Austin has raised will stay in the local Kansas City MDA chapter, which provides resources for 1,100 families who are dealing with a child who has muscular dystrophy.

A couple weeks ago, Austin and family taped a television commercial at a car dealership in Liberty.

Several local children with dystrophy will be in the commercial that will be promoting the telethon.