TUCSON, Ariz.From now until St. Patricks Day, millions of American swill be joining the Muscular Dystrophy Associations (MDA) battle against neuromuscular disease.
Through March 17, thousands of business patrons nationwide are assisting MDAs lifesaving mission by purchasing and signing $1 and $5 Shamrocks mobiles. To make MDAs Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign a success, supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants and other businesses are decorating their ceilings, walls and windows with layers of green and gold Shamrocks mobiles.
Internationally-renowned singer Maureen McGovern, a member of MDAs Board of Directors and a popular performer on concert and club stages and the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, is serving her seventh year as Shamrocks chairman. Shes featured in print and broadcast public service announcements, reminding people to buy Shamrocks and support MDAs quest for better treatments and cures.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers, participating businesses and sponsors nationwide, the Shamrocks Against Dystrophy program continues to offer help and hope to families served by MDA, said McGovern, whose niece is affected by one of the muscle-wasting disorders covered by the Association. Were creating a future of hope, and were doing it one Shamrock at a time. Shamrocks Against Dystrophy is the perfect way for people to share the green and show their generosity and compassion for Jerrys kids. Americans in every community can support MDAs quest for cures and contribute to colorful displays of Shamrocks at local businesses.
MDAs Shamrocks program is in its 24th year.
Shamrocks Against Dystrophy, the nations largest charitable campaign associated with St. Patricks Day, raised more than $13 million in 2006 to support MDAs programs of worldwide research, life-enhancing services and vital education. MDA funds nearly 400 research projects, maintains 225 hospital-affiliated MDA clinics, offers summer camps for youngsters with neuromuscular diseases, and assists with purchases of wheelchairs, leg braces and communication devices.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. The Associations programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.
To learn more about MDA or the Shamrocks program, call 800-572-1717 or visit www.mda.org.