7 year-old with Dejerine-Sottas to be featured on Labor Day Telethon

When the Jerry Lewis Telethon airs this weekend on ABC, one 7-year-old who will be featured has a Duluth connection.
Abbey Umali, who lives in Redlands, Calif., has Dejerine-Sottas disease, a rare type of muscular dystrophy that damages the peripheral nerves, which carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to muscles, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Umali’s mother, Wendi (Waterhouse) Umali, grew up in Esko, while Umali’s grandparents, M.L. Sather and Jim Howe, live in Duluth.
Sather said her granddaughter is tentatively scheduled to appear on the telethon at 11 p.m. Sunday and then again on 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
The telethon starts at 8 p.m. Sunday and ends at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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