Patty Dietering Brings Target’s Fresh Faces to MDA

In March, as Daytona Bike Week 2018 neared, Patty Dietering, human resource executive team leader for the Port Orange, Fla., Target, gathered her teams. Their mission: partner with MDA and Harley-Davidson Motor Co. to raise awareness of MDA and fundraise to continue the fight to end muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Patty manages all volunteer activity for her Target store; in 2017, her team contributed 2,218 hours of volunteer service toward multiple agencies…

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Through MDA Muscle Walk, Mike Wernet Gives Back

If you have ever participated in an MDA Muscle Walk event in Southern California, chances are you have encountered Mike Wernet of San Juan Capistrano. The retired auto mechanic is a mainstay at Muscle Walks throughout the region, having been inspired to volunteer ever since being diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy in 1996 at the age of 46. Now 67, Mike and his family participate in as many as four walks per year. He has found it a great way to give back to an organization that has played an integral role in not just his own life but also the lives of others…

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The Untold History of MDA Shamrocks

MDA’s iconic paper Shamrocks are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day for millions of Americans who purchase the symbols of good luck at retailers nationwide to help MDA families live longer and grow stronger. But how did this annual tradition get started? Hint: a bright idea and the luck of the Irish.

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