Regional retail locations and schools are uniting to help Muscular Dystrophy Association support kids and adults dealing with muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Shamrocks program through March 22.
Participating MDA partners invite customers and classmates to join them in the St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program by adding a paper shamrock to their purchase at checkout for $1, $5 or larger, all benefiting MDA.
The campaign is available at Big M stores starting on Feb. 16, Byrne Dairy, Kwik Fill starting on Feb. 15, Lyons National Bank starting on Feb. 15, Save-A-Lot starting on Feb. 17 and Papa John’s Pizza starting on Feb. 17.
“For families fighting muscle-debilitating diseases, MDA Shamrocks represent more than luck,” said Heather Powers, MDA fundraising coordinator. “It is a symbol of strength, independence and life in a time when years of research are resulting in treatments. With help from our generous partners and the western New York communities, we will be able to bring urgently needed answers and support to kids and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases today, as we work together to make tomorrow free from the diseases themselves.”
The MDA Shamrocks program unites retail locations throughout the country to benefit the organization’s shared mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, including multidisciplinary care the MDA Care Center at Strong Hospital in Rochester and Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo.
Recent major medical and scientific advancements, including the development of four drugs that are now treatment options, make this a promising time in the history of neuromuscular disease research and care. Funds raised make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 60 area kids, where they can experience a fun week at camp with no cost to their families at Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush.
Call (585) 424-6560, email hpowers@mdausa.org or visit mda.org/shamrocks for information.