Local icon fights incurable disease, raises money to help others

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Tony the Peanut Man is a Lowcountry fixture, who usually attends nearly every festival, ballgame and parade. But recently, the community has noticed his absence. He talked with New 2’s Carolyn Murray to explain.

Eight months ago, Tony was diagnosed with Myotonia, a form of Muscular Dystrophy. He says his arms were no longer strong enough to carry his baskets of peanuts. Since his condition is considered progressive, he cannot use his right arm.

After overcoming depression, he’s back.

Riverdogs president and general manager Dave Echols says the team will rally behind and support Tony, acknowledging he is a vital part of the experience.

Tony is seeking to raise money to fund the building of a rehabilitation center especially for people with muscular disorders.

You can help support Tony and others by particpating in the MDA Muscle Walk of Charleston at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Sunday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m.

MDA Muscle Walk empowers individuals in hometowns across America to raise critical awareness and funds for muscle-debilitating diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility.

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