Over the past 35 years, the MDA Shamrocks program has raised more than $300 million to help save and improve the lives of families living with muscular dystrophy. Get to know Natalie, who graces the 2017 green MDA Shamrock with her sister Avery.
Alejandro, who is the local Atlanta-area ambassador for MDA, is one of ten “Shamrockstars” who will be featured on MDA Shamrocks this year at retailers across the country. His gold shamrock will be available exclusively at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores.
Over the past 35 years, the MDA Shamrocks program has raised more than $300 million to help save and improve the lives of families living with muscular dystrophy. Get to know Torrance, who graces the 2017 gold MDA Shamrock.
For more than 60 years, firefighters have teamed with MDA to fight back against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.
For one firefighter, the cause became very personal when his son, Chandler Mallen, was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis, a neuromuscular disease that involves inflammation of the muscles. When Chandler asked his father — Scott, a firefighter who has collected donations for MDA’s Fill the Boot program for almost 25 years — if he’d lose the use of his legs, he didn’t wait for an answer.
“Even if I do,” Chandler said, “I’ll never stop trying.”
Ethan Lybrand loves his Bumblebee. On Oct. 27, the 7-year-old became the proud owner of his first power wheelchair. Black and yellow, the chair’s color scheme is inspired by, and named after, his favorite Transformers character, Bumblebee. For Ethan, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, getting a wheelchair could have been a tough transition. Instead, Ethan . . .
Meet Cadence Hometown: Havre, Montana Age: 9 Diagnosis: I have an unspecified myopathy. Myopathies are diseases that cause problems with the tone and contraction of skeletal muscles. Favorite School Subject/Activities: Art, Reading, Rocket Math and Science are my favorite things about school. Favorite People and/or Pets: I love dolphins, including the Miami Dolphins. Although my #1 animal is . . .
2017 MDA Muscle Walk t-shirt design voting is now live! Now’s your chance to cast your vote for your favorite design for the 2017 MDA Muscle Walk t-shirt! Voting ends midnight on Friday, September 16. Ask your family and friends to vote for their favorite design to help push your selection to the top! The . . .
13-year-old Melissa Shang is an activist, an advocate and an author. She’s spoken at the United Nations, given a TedX talk and just published her first book. She is a girl on a mission. And it all started with an American Girl doll named Isabelle. For Melissa, Isabelle was the last straw. Every year, American . . .
Happy shrieks erupted from the crowd as Payton Smotherman was wheeled into the mob of campers. “As soon as I pushed her into the group of people in her wheelchair, like four or five people all saw her and recognized her at once,” says Angela, Payton’s mom. She chuckled as she recalled diving out of . . .