Shamrocks battle against muscular dystrophy

TUCSON, Ariz.—From now until St. Patrick’s Day, millions of American swill be joining the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) battle against neuromuscular disease.

Through March 17, thousands of business patrons nationwide are assisting MDA’s lifesaving mission by purchasing and signing $1 and $5 Shamrocks mobiles. To make MDA’s 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 MDA’s 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. She’s featured in print and broadcast public service announcements, reminding people to buy Shamrocks and support MDA’s 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. “We’re creating a future of hope, and we’re 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 ‘Jerry’s kids.’ Americans in every community can support MDA’s quest for cures and contribute to colorful displays of Shamrocks at local businesses.”

MDA’s Shamrocks program is in its 24th year.

Shamrocks Against Dystrophy, the nation’s largest charitable campaign associated with St. Patrick’s Day, raised more than $13 million in 2006 to support MDA’s 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 Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

To learn more about MDA or the Shamrocks program, call 800-572-1717 or visit

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