Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks on MDA Telethon Today

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Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 11:48 am, Mon Sep 1, 2014.

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Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks on MDA Telethon Today

CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pop star sweethearts

Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo will "show their strength" for families

affected by muscle disease on the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon,

airing tonight at  9|8c on ABC stations nationwide.

Sparks, who also performed on the MDA telethon in 2011, will introduce

Derulo's performance and televised debut of his new hit single

"Trumpets," that has already earned gold status, on MDA's national

two-hour broadcast show.

Earlier this month Derulo also announced he will headline his first

U.S. tour this fall. The 13-date tour will begin Oct. 15 in Royal Oak,

Mich., continuing his successful promotional campaign behind new album

"Talk Dirty."

The longtime couple also took their support backstage at the telethon

taping at the Hollywood Palladium to meet with families served by the

Muscular Dystrophy Association to learn more about the organization's

mission to save and improve lives of children and adults affected by

muscle disease.

"I was honored to be a part of the telethon again this year because I

got the chance to introduce Jason to a cause I truly believe in. MDA

does so much for children and adults affected by life-threatening

muscle diseases," said Sparks. "Jason and I have been through a lot of

wonderful experiences together, but I think being part of the 2014

telethon as a couple was especially meaningful because we got to meet

some amazing families and help continue the progress in the fight

against muscle disease."

Derulo and Sparks also did an exclusive interview with 15-year-old

"blue carpet" correspondent and MDA Ambassador Morgan Fritz. Morgan is

affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting

the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle

movement.

 (Click here to see their exclusive interview and learn why Sparks and

Derulo support MDA.)

The 2014 MDA telethon will feature a star-studded celebrity lineup

with performances from Grammy@ winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes,

plus Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Matt

Nathanson, R5 and Sara Evans. Additional celebrity presenters on the

telethon include: Tom Bergeron, ABC's Dr. Richard Besser, Jann Carl,

Charles Esten, Terry Fator, Kevin Frazier, Josh Groban, Ludacris,

Susan Lucci, Kesha, Alyssa Milano, Nancy O'Dell, Brad Paisley, Chris

Powelland Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

About MDA Show of Strength Telethon  MDA's first Labor Day weekend

telethon was broadcast in 1966 on a single New York station and has

become the most successful fundraising event in the history of

television. The show, originally hosted by iconic star Jerry Lewis and

with help from a legion of top celebrities and entertainers, has

raised millions each year to provide life-enhancing support and

services for the families MDA serves. The real stars on the broadcast

have always been the MDA families who have graciously agreed to open

their homes and hearts to America and tell their stories of strength.

This year marks the 49th annual MDA telethon.

Check out this special Labor Day message from MDA President and CEO

Steven M. Derks.

R.A. (RAC) Clark, longtime executive producer of the Academy of

Country Music Awards, will return for a third consecutive year as MDA

telethon executive producer.

In addition to funds contributed by the public, substantial support

also comes from MDA's family of national sponsors, whose work

throughout the year on behalf of MDA will be recognized on the

telethon. Among the sponsors: International Association of Fire

Fighters, CITGO Petroleum Corp., Lowe's, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.,

Jiffy Lube International, National Association of Letter Carriers, The

Safeway Foundation, 7-Eleven, Dr Pepper Snapple Group/7UP, Acosta and

Burger King.

Funds raised by MDA telethons also have contributed to the

organization's worldwide research program. Today, through current

clinical trials, there is growing excitement that new lifesaving

treatments and discoveries are on the horizon for many of the

disorders MDA is dedicated to defeating, including Duchenne muscular

dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral

sclerosis (ALS).

Visit mda.org/showofstrength to learn more about the 2014 MDA

telethon.

About MDA  The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading

nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of

people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic

lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so

by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by

providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA

families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through

advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.

Learn more about MDA's mission by watching this video.

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