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Amount Raised to Support Kids and Adults with Muscular Dystrophy

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nashville announced today that Quik Mark 2017 MDA Shamrocks fundraising program raised $22,164 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Quik Mart – Edwards Oil Co. is a third and fourth generation family owned and operated company, based in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, serving 14 counties in Southern- middle Tennessee and Northwest Alabama. They have partnered with MDA since 1985 and Quik Mart has helped raise over $300,000.00 for MDA and the fight against muscle disease.

From March 1st through March 21st, 39 local convenience stores participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which customers purchased an iconic paper MDA Shamrock (pinup) for just a $1, $5 or a larger contribution at check-out. Each Shamrock was signed by generous customers and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

“Once again, Quik Mart retailers and their customers and employees have gone above and beyond to make a meaningful difference for people whose everyday freedoms - like walking, talking and even breathing - have been taken away by neuromuscular diseases,” said Joy Stafford, Fundraising Coordinator. “It is because of their generosity that MDA is able to provide lifesaving research and support to help these individuals and their families live longer, grow stronger and experience a world without any limits.”

This year the MDA Shamrocks program celebrated its 35th anniversary, uniting tens of thousands of 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 state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care the MDA Care Center at The Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL, and Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 80 area kids where they can experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp Widjiwagan, in Nashville, TN.

To learn more about the 2017 MDA Shamrocks program and how to get involved, contact Joy Stafford, Fundraising Coordinator at 615-832-5005 or jstafford@mdausa.org, or visit mda.org/shamrocks.
About MDA

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.
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