In March, as the novel coronavirus spread across the US, we at MDA realized it would be impossible to safely gather our community’s children and teens at MDA Summer Camps this year. But that didn’t mean we had to cancel camp, or its spirit. “We know how much MDA Summer Camp means to our community, . . .
Volunteers are a rich part of MDA’s 70-year history. Through volunteer committees, boards, community events, and Summer Camps where kids build confidence and independence, they are tightly woven into MDA’s fabric. This week is National Volunteer Week, and we couldn’t be prouder of or more grateful for the 33,000 volunteers across the country who make . . .
Reagan Imhoff, 14, is a former MDA National Ambassador (2014-2015) and a current camper at MDA Summer Camp in Wisconsin. Reagan, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), thoroughly enjoys MDA Summer Camp, and she was excited to connect with current MDA National Ambassador Faith and share perspectives on what it’s like to stay at . . .
On July 20, there will be burpees, pushups, lunges, and squats. Sweat will bloom on shirts, heartbeats will race, and grins will break out between breaths. This will be business as usual for members of the fitness franchise Burn Boot Camp, but there’s a twist — this time participants will be giving back while getting . . .
July 9 at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, Calif., home to one of MDA’s nationwide Summer Camp programs, was a very good day. Campers and MDA staffers gathered with members of the Bennett Foundation, who graciously donated $500,000 to the camp in honor of the late Robert (Bob) Bennett, president of MDA . . .
Each year, so many MDA kids and their families can’t wait for MDA Summer Camp. Jennifer Allebach, MDA’s new senior vice president of Recreation and Camp Programs, can’t wait to welcome them. Jennifer joined MDA in May after a long career with Girl Scouts of the USA, where she worked in adult program development, volunteer . . .
Twin brother and sister Michael and Amy Schleicher’s story starts where a lot of kids’ stories do. They looked up to their big brother, Matt, and when he did something cool, Michael and Amy wanted to do it, too. In the case of the fateful summer that would point the twins in a long-term direction, . . .
“My husband and I always tell people this because it is the truth: Henry is our hero,” says Stephanie Betts, an Team Momentum runner and proud mother of son Henry who lives with congenital muscular dystrophy. “He is incredibly strong. Our quote on the back of our Henry’s Heroes shirts states, ‘True strength is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.’ He is an amazing kid who has the best attitude that just draws people in. We are so incredibly lucky to be his parents.”
Fourteen-year-old Kentucky native Gabrielle’s favorite subject is geography, which is appropriate when you have an insatiable desire to travel. Gabrielle, who has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 2, has already seen a great deal of the world, including Europe, the Caribbean and the western United States. This year, Gabrielle is featured as a “Shamrockstar” on platinum MDA Shamrocks at retailers across the country, a country that Gabrielle has seen extensively in her travels with her family.