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JERRY LEWIS DECLARES 'NATIONAL 7-11 DAY' IN JULY

 TUCSON, Ariz., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Muscular Dystrophy Association National Chairman Jerry Lewis has designated Sunday, July 11, as "National 7-Eleven Day."
 The Southland Corp. and its 7-Eleven stores have been an MDA national sponsor since 1976. National 7-Eleven Day launches the retailer's annual fund-raising campaign for MDA, which will culminate on Labor Day weekend.
 "The wonderful 7-Eleven folks, their franchisees, licensees, suppliers and customers have raised more than $80 million for MDA by sponsoring special events, selling `heart' mobiles, supporting major Telethon festivals and activities, and through in-store canisters," Lewis said.
 With some 6,000 locations in the United States and Canada, 7-Eleven is one of MDA's most visible national sponsors. In 1992 alone, 7-Eleven exceeded its $3.5 million pledge to MDA by raising more than $4.5 million for the Association's fight against neuromuscular disease.
 MDA is a national voluntary health agency working to defeat 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive patient and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The association's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.
 MDA's Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, originating from the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, will be broadcast Sept. 5-6 and carried by more than 200 "Love Network" stations nationwide. The MDA Telethon, viewed by more than 80 million people in the United States and Canada, is the largest single fund-raising event for MDA. Last year's telethon raised a record $45.8 million in pledges and contributions.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Brown of Muscular Dystrophy Association, 602-529-5317/


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