Our Promise also helps fund muscle disease research

Zander, a 10-year-old boy, is an ambassador for MDA, one of the non-profit organizations to which employees may contribute through Our Promise. (Video still).

Zander, a 10-year-old boy, is an ambassador for MDA, one of the non-profit organizations to which employees may contribute through Our Promise. (Video still).

CDCR employees pitch in to help through charitable giving

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

Zander, a 10-year-old boy, is like many other kids his age. He enjoys video games, astronomy and playing. The difference is, Zander has muscular distrophy and is in a wheelchair.

The Muscular Distrophy Association is one of the many non-profit organizations to which employees can contribute through the Our Promise campaign.

“The MDA is basically one big hope that one day we’ll end muscle disease,” Zander said. “The MDA helps me by allowing me to come to events and help get my word out.”

Zander is MDA’s northern California ambassador and in the video, he thanks CDCR employees for their contributions.

“The MDA has given me the opportunity to go to MDA summer camp … which is unlike any other camp,” he recently explained in a video produced by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “They have games, a scavenger hunt, swimming, … soccer (and) hockey. … There are no physical barriers and all the other kids are like me.”

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

See the YouTube video,

CDCR employees, watch the video: mms://fdcmedia/opec/2015/MDA ZANDER.wmv

Learn more about MDA, https://www.mda.org/

Learn more about how to give through Our Promise, https://www.ourpromiseca.org/

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