I'm posting the letter along with the contacts that we are starting with.
Please send 2 letters each week to these contacts by email, snail mail, fax or whatever means you have available and forward the information to family and friends who are wlling to help. I will be sending 2 letters each way starting today.

Also remember to personalize the letter and please post so that we know who will be joining in the letter writing campaign.

Thanks, Donna

I am the parent of ____________, age ___ who suffers daily, yet a beautiful stranger named Pat Furlong is trying to save him, and you should book her as a guest on your show. My son is one of the thousands of children in this country afflicted by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. DMD is an incurable genetic disease that puts children into wheelchairs before they can drive and ends their lives while their peers attend college. Pat, who lost her two sons to this disease, co-founded a non-profit organization called Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy ( http://www.parentprojectmd.org ). Because of PPMD’s work public agencies, private research foundations, doctors and scientists have finally begun focusing their efforts on translating academic theory into experimental medications that, for the first time, show promise to end this terrible affliction which has plagued humans since time began.

Pat is a world respected expert on Duchenne, a brilliant public speaker and advocate. She can explain that Duchenne is the most common lethal hereditary childhood disease on the planet and not just some odd affliction that only happens to somebody else’s child. On the contrary, one third of the cases are spontaneous and it happens without warning. Pat is the voice for our brave boys and has created a place for Duchenne parents to connect, to learn. She has received awards like Research! America’s 2008 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award, she’s been a finalist for the Nancy Grace Extraordinary Parent Contest and was profiled in the New York Times and Esquire. She can gracefully explain that the groundbreaking work of “Jerry’s Kids” isn’t enough, it's going to take more. It's going to take your effort, today, to help this beautiful stranger achieve her goal to save my son.

While I watch my child’s muscles die a little more everyday, please give Pat and DMD families all over the world a chance end the tragedy.

Thank you,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Telephone or em address]



Maury Povich:
beaguest@themauryshow.com
http://www.mauryshow.com/be_a_guest.html
http://www.mauryshow.com/email.php?subject=undefined
Maury Povich Show
(212) 547-8400
401 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001 Map it | Get directions Cross Streets: Between W 32nd St and W 33rd St
Maury c/o Hotel Pennsylvania/ Grand Ballroom, 15 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001
ph: 212-547-8400 - fx 212-244-3548 - www.mauryshow.com

Oprah:
http://www.oprah.com/ord/plugform.jsp?plugId=216
The show's mailing address is:
PO Box 909715
Chicago, IL 60690
Harpo Productions, Harpo Studios, 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, Il 60607-2146
ph: 312-633-1000 - fx: 312-633-1111 - owinfrey@harpo.com
asst: Lisa Halliday - ph: 310-278-5559
member staff: ph: 312-633-1000

Phil McGraw - The Dr. Phil Show, 555 Melrose Avenue, Mae West Bldg., Los Angeles, CA 90038
phone 323-956-3300 fx 323-862-1144 - email: http://www.drphil.com/shows/page/contactdrphil/
Dr. Phil (with this one, may be good for Kim Innabi’s Reader Digest letter too):
http://www.drphil.com/plugger/respond/?plugID=10720
Dr. Phil show
5482 Wilshire Boulevard #1902
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phil McGraw - The Dr. Phil Show, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Mae West Bldg., Los Angeles, CA 90038
phone 323-956-3300 fx 323-862-1144 - email: http://www.drphil.com/shows/page/contactdrphil/

Ellen Degeneres - The Ellen Degeneres Show, Telepictures Productions, 3500 W. Olive Avenue 10th Fl, Burbank, CA 91505
phone 818-972-0777 - fx 818-972-8960 - email: ellendegeneres@warnerbros.com
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=10
http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=26
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
PO Box 7788
Burbank, CA 91523

Whoopi Goldberg, c/o Bragman/Nyman/Cafarelli, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, Fl 8, Los Angeles, CA 90069
ph: 310-854-4800 - fx: 310-854-4848 - email: wgoldberg@bncpr.com, www.bncpr.com

Montell Williams: Mountain Movers, Inc., 433 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
ph: 212-830-0300 - fx: 212-262-4608

ALREADY SUPPORTING MD AS A CHARITY:

ZZ Top, Agency for the Performing Arts, Agency, 250 W. 57th St. Ste 1701, New York, NY 10106
phone 212-687-0092 fx 212-687-0176
Anthony Bourdain - talk show host, chef: Inkwell Management, 521 Fifty Ave., New York, NY 10175
phone 212-922-3500 - fx 212-922-0535 - email: info@inkwellmanagement.com

Kevin Costner - Creative Artists Agency, LLC, P.O. Box 240002, Los Angeles, CA 90024
no other info available

Jay Leno - NBS Studios, 3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91523-0001
phone 818-840-4444 www.nbc.com

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OK, it finally went through - must have been my internet servor. It will not go through if you exceed the 2000 characters - I tried and it just keeps coming back to you saying you cannot exceed the 2000 characters.
The email to Oprah's personal email came back with the same message as yours. I will look into it more. The fax and the show submission went thru.

All of Dr. Phil's went thru.

All other emails for everyone went thru.

I'm faxing the rest now.

I figure it will take about 1/2 hour once you have the letters printed out to fax and to do the emailing.

I'm going to print out letters to mail ahead of time, changing them a bit, this weekend so all I will have to do is drop them in the mail.

I'll let you know if all the faxes go thru.

Karen Barnett said:
Hmm? I'll try again. I'll fax as well. Can anyone tell me what those error messages mean?

Jacobs Mommom said:
Hi Karen:

I just sent to Oprah thru both her website and email address and the fax went thru as well.

Karen Barnett said:
Sent one the Ellen Degeneres Show no problem. It must be the Oprah site is experiencing problems then. I'll try sending the letter out to her again via email in a few hours.
Whoopi's email came back but I emailed to the company that is her contact at info@bncpr.com asking them to please forward it to her and it went thru. Her fax went thru.

I changed the letter for the MD Charity Supporters to thank them for their support and asking them if there is anyway they can help me get Pat on a show to talk about DMD/BMD.
ZZ Tops fax went thru.

Ellen's, Maury's and Montell's faxes are busy so I'm going to fax them tonight from home.

I think that's it.

If anyone can get a workable email for Oprah, Montell, Whoopi and and Jay that would be great!
Hi guys,

My letter was sent successfully to Oprah by having a home copy of the letter and re-typing the entire thing into the section, at her website, where you put in your story. I know it is a lot more work, but it went thru straight away.

cheryl
what happened to just working on Oprah first before moving onto the next?

when did we change how we were gonna attack this?

I'm sending it out to all that is listed and others that I can think of. Personally I think everyone that can be emailed/faxed/mailed should all be sent information at the same time.

Here is the contact info for NBC and ABC News:

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York, N.Y. 10112

To reach the producers, anchors and correspondents of NBC News:

Today Show - today@NBCUNI.com
Nightly News - Nightly@NBC.com
Dateline NBC - Dateline@NBCUNI.com
MSNBC - letters@msnbc.com
MSNBC Health Editor - Health@MSNBC.com


ABC News - email submission forms are listed for all the shows on the link below. Get's tougher - 500 max. for characters.

http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3068843

News programs: ABC News, Nightline, 20/20, Primetime and Good Morning America
I just figured that I had all of the contacts and why my momentum was on high speed I just continued thru the list.

I'm working on another list as well but we can see if this works first:)

Christian: I'm jealous that you can insert such cute pictures:)

MicahsDaddy said:
what happened to just working on Oprah first before moving onto the next?

when did we change how we were gonna attack this?

The email for ZZ Top didn't go thru but everything else seems to be good.
When I tried to e-mail Oprah, my e-mail wouldn't go thru. This is what came back: "Likely reason for failure: 554 Mail for owinfrey@harpo.com rejected for policy reasons. " Does anyone know what that means. I also couldn't get thru to Ellen DeGeneres or Dr. Phil. What am I doing wrong? Maybe, I should just try faxing or snail mail. The letter count of the e-mail was under 2000, but with my name, address and tel and e-mail numbers that brought it over. Is that the problem? Terry Porcaro
Hi Terry:
The only emails that wouldn't go thru for me are:
Oprahs, Whoopis and the one for ZZ Top. but all the other ones where you fill in the forms are going thru. For Oprahs you may have to type it in the space each time but I haven't had to do that. Just downsize the letter a bit when you personalize it and it will go thru.
Faxes are working great. Some of them are busy alot so just fax at night if you can and they go right thru.

Terry Porcaro said:
When I tried to e-mail Oprah, my e-mail wouldn't go thru. This is what came back: "Likely reason for failure: 554 Mail for owinfrey@harpo.com rejected for policy reasons. " Does anyone know what that means. I also couldn't get thru to Ellen DeGeneres or Dr. Phil. What am I doing wrong? Maybe, I should just try faxing or snail mail. The letter count of the e-mail was under 2000, but with my name, address and tel and e-mail numbers that brought it over. Is that the problem? Terry Porcaro
I just wanted to give you the heads up that while you are in Dr. Phil's site there are numerous ways you can get your letters to him. I clicked on being on the show and there are a few topics that you can click that would be relavant and also if you go this link for Ask Robin http://www.drphil.com/plugger/respond/?plugID=9275 She is asking for letters of someone that you admire so that is perfect to put a letter about Pat and here is one for Ellen with the same idea: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=26
My e-mails have gone through with Oprah, Ellen, Maury and Whoopie--snail to all plus Dr. Phil,Kevin,and Jay Leno. Fax will go later today--so far no problems and friends and family have not had a problem except with e-mail to Oprah. Thank you Mommom and "Cliffs" for the ideas. Will do it again tomorrow+++
Lukey's Grandma

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