Nationwide, September is Muscular Dystrophy Month. To kick off this month of heightened awareness for neuromuscular diseases, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon has been broadcast into living rooms around the nation for more than 60 years. Many people remember Jerry Lewis talking about “Jerry’s Kids” and may have been inspired to man the phones in their hometown.
In this digital age, the MDA has looked to the Internet to raise awareness and funds. As a result, for the first time in six decades, Labor Day weekend will not play host a live telethon. But that doesn’t mean Jerry Lewis’ message that every nickel counts is going to go unheard. During the month of September, groups throughout the country are raising funds to help sustain the groundbreaking research done at MDA for the more than 90 different neuromuscular conditions that fall under their umbrella, including “Ice Bucket Challenge” funded ALS.
Randy Reynolds is a longtime local who made Thurston County his home in 1971. He began his career as an educator, teaching at Tumwater Middle School and later at Tumwater High School where he taught and coached for nearly 20 years. The head track coach and offensive coordinator for football looked to transition to something new after serving two decades in education. He began working as a real estate agent in 1991 and in 2004 opened his own agency.
“It was a natural step for me,” he shares. Reynold’s now owns Weichert Realtors, Reynolds Real Estate, a franchise of a large East Coast-based company. Reynolds Real Estate is the first Weichert branch in Washington State and the fastest growing Weichert office in the nation. “We have shown huge growth in the last year — over 250 percent,” he excitedly shares.
Reynold’s attributes his success to his connectedness to the community and using the “Weichert System” for real estate. “It’s a bit of a throwback,” he laughs, “but it works. It’s basically a philosophy that says activities equal reaching goals and results.” This mentality rang true for the former teacher and coach, and his colleagues notice his straightforward approach and success, too. He was named Thurston County Chamber Realtor of the Year for 2014.
Throughout his career, both in education and real estate, Reynolds has always put an emphasis on people, family and helping his community. One way he has done this is by pitching in during the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Reynold’s would man the phones for an afternoon and write a check. However, it wasn’t until a member of his family fell ill that the real impact of those calls and dollars was realized.
“My grandson wasn’t doing well — he had some issues and the doctors really couldn’t figure what was going on,” he shares. It took over a year for physician’s to diagnose Caleb with a rare strain of Muscular Dystrophy.
“Most forms of neuromuscular diseases either start when kids are little or when they are adults,” Reynold’s explains. “Caleb’s started in his teen years.” Now 21, Caleb is doing well and learning to live life in a new way, coping with his limitations and abilities into the future.
Throughout the diagnosis and treatment process, Reynolds was thankful for support from the MDA. “It was impressive to see how much of the cost muscular dystrophy picked up,” he explains. “It’s not cheap to undergo so many tests and see so many specialists, and they really helped financially.”
To pay it forward, Reynold’s is stepping up his support of muscular dystrophy this year and his friend and colleague Dwayne Boggs is joining him. The two have worked together for many years during real estate transactions, and Reynold’s says, “Dwayne is just a very likeable guy.”
The two have an easygoing friendship, sharing hunting and outdoor adventure stories — Dwayne’s from recent exploits and Randy’s from his childhood. When asked what sets a Boggs’ home inspection apart for him, Reynold’s shares, “I have great confidence in his abilities during an inspection. But more than that, I know if he does make a mistake — because everyone makes mistakes — he will stand up and take care of it, no questions asked. I appreciate having that confidence when I suggest him to clients for their home inspection.”
During September, Boggs Inspection Services will donate $5 from each inspection they perform throughout the South Sound to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. And, for each dollar Bogg’s donates, Randy Reynold’s Real Estate will match it. “At the end of the month, we’ll settle up and send in our checks,” says Reynolds.
With Boggs Inspection Services’ growing team of inspectors, Boggs and Reynolds are anticipating to write a big check to the MDA this year — and that has both men smiling.
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