The edition presented as that of “reunion” after two years marked by the Covid has seen its pledges increase.
Returning fully to the field, the Telethon 2022 ended with a counter of more than 78 million euros on Sunday around 2 a.m. after 30 hours of program, i.e. a level of pledges higher than that recorded in 2021 at the end of the program. Last year, the bar of 73 million euros was reached.
Donations can still be made until Friday, December 9 by telephone (3637) or internet (téléthon.fr). “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your solidarity, your generosity“, declared in a press release the president of the AFM-Téléthon organization, Laurence Tiennot-Herment.
“It’s the reunion Telethon after two years of frustration. We know the economic situation. There is inflation but also the World Cup (of football) and for as much on the ground it is the party and the reunion. Every year, the French renew their trust in us because they see the victories of research“, she told AFP shortly before.
Kev Adams as godfather
Launched on Friday evening, the 36th edition of the charity marathon ended on the night of Saturday to Sunday. This event was able to return fully to the field this year, with events in more than 13,000 municipalities. The 2021 edition, which had returned to the field after the confinement of 2020, had collected some 86 million euros in the end, practically at the pre-Covid level. The counter remains open for some time after the event.
Saturday evening, alongside the comedian Kev Adams, the sponsor of the edition, many artists were alongside families, patients and researchers on the set of France Télévisions. After the first advances, for example against immune deficiencies, the work funded by the Telethon targets more complex pathologies, such as neuromuscular diseases.
Three years ago, a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a disease which condemned babies to an early death, was thus put on the market. Beyond rare diseases, which affect approximately 3 million people in France, the innovations resulting from research supported by the Telethon also inspire therapeutic solutions for widespread diseases such as neurodegenerative pathologies or cancers.