Despite the social storm affecting France and resulting in the cancellation of many events, the Telethon did not collapse. Like all other associations, the AFM-Telethon also suffers the consequences of tax measures affecting a number of its donors this year, especially retired workers. The 2018 Telethon counter of donations displays 69 290 089 euros, a significantly lower number than in previous years. Yet, the French have remained loyal, to the best of their ability, because they have seen how much their donations have and will continue to save lives. Like families who never give up in the face of the disease, the AFM-Telethon remains determined to pursue its efforts and calls people to carry on the fight against the disease together.
“Your generosity in such a difficult social context is extraordinary once again. This Telethon marks a turning point in our history because, for the first time, we have seen images that I, myself, as a mum, have dreamt of for years. Children affected by rare muscle diseases have been treated for the first time. Whereas they were doomed and deprived of any movement, today they regain strength and live, quite simply. Your continued generosity and support are instrumental for the victories to come”, said Laurence Tiennot-Herment, President of AFM-Telethon.