Joe Alfano

last updated 2/10/2018

Joe Alfano

Executive Director at Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.

222 S RIVERSIDE PLAZA, Chicago, Illinois, United States
HQ Phone:
(800) 572-1717

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Assistant Promotions Director - WSBA

Special Events Manager - CUMULUS MEDIA INC

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From left, are: Nan Johnson, mother of local MDA representative Riley Johnson; Barbara Schmidt, president of Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA; and Joe Alfano, executive director of the MDA Central Pennsylvania chapter.

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The organization has been doing fundraisers like this in York County for more than 20 years, said Joe Alfano, executive director of the its Central Pennsylvania chapter.
Little girl, big heart: Anastasia Corp of Penn Township doesn't look like she has muscular dystrophy. But the playful, confident 10-year-old, wearing thin-rimmed glasses, a stylish dress and curls in her hair, has been the South Central Pennsylvania Goodwill Ambassador for the MDA since 2005, when she was diagnosed with ocular myasthenia gravis. The autoimmune disease weakened the muscles around her eyes, which was apparent when she was 2½ years old. She began to bump into things, and her eyes began to droop and move in opposite directions. It took the Corp family five months to finally get a diagnosis. When Anastasia was 4, she had her thymus gland - a gland in the neck that helps with immunity - removed, putting her disease in remission after three years. As an ambassador for the organization, she tells her story and lets people know where their donation money goes. She speaks about her disease in a tone well beyond her years. "I want to help other people because I am in remission," she said.

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"We try to make it fun," said Joe Alfano, executive director of the MDA Central Pennsylvania chapter, which serves 14 counties in the state.
"It's a combination of different things: the aspect of giving back, the networking opportunity," Alfano said, that make the event a success. That means the money that is raised locally is used locally, Alfano added.

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