On March 29, fire fighters from departments throughout the northeast gathered at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut for MDA’s annual Fill the Boot Camp event. The goal of the one-day gathering is to provide fire fighters with the training and information needed to have a successful Fill the Boot season and to celebrate the accomplishments . . .
Whenever Paul Robertson and his Fishing for Muscular Dystrophy (FFMD) team pull into a truck stop, they know it might be a while before they are able to leave. Although there to pump fuel, the caravan of trucks and boats adorned with the FFMD and MDA logos are such a big hit with fellow motorists . . .
Since his call-up to the Philadelphia Phillies in August 2017, Rhys Hoskins has taken Major League Baseball by storm. A prolific hitter, Rhys burst onto the scene late last summer with a home run barrage that made national news and shattered rookie records along the way. In just 10 months he has become the face . . .
On May 11, your daily cup of coffee can boost more than your energy — it can also bolster MDA’s quest to end ALS. For 12 years, Dutch Bros. Coffee has supported MDA through Drink One for Dane Day, a fundraiser launched in 2007 in honor of Dutch Bros. co-founder Dane Boersma, who was diagnosed . . .
In 2017, the Bryan, Texas, fire department raised a personal record of $42,000 Filling the Boot for MDA. But fundraising is just one of many ways the Bryan fire fighters have positively impacted the lives of MDA families. Their commitment to MDA, which goes back more than 30 years, has expanded significantly since Daniel Buford joined the department five years ago. Daniel, who is the president of IAFF Local 1204 in Bryan, has reinvigorated the fire department’s volunteer efforts and found news ways to engage with the local MDA community…
Ches Hutchinson began his MDA volunteer journey with a long walk.
In 2011, a coworker whose son attended the Minnesota MDA Summer Camp reached out to Ches. The camp was in need of volunteers — specifically men — and Ches’ little brother had just graduated from high school. Might he be interested, Ches’ coworker asked?
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…
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…
From April 16 to 20, we’re celebrating National Volunteer Week! We’re so thankful for our MDA volunteers who give of their time and talents to help families with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. If you’re an MDA volunteer, consider this your virtual hug from us! If you’d like to become a volunteer, we’d love . . .