For 36 years, retail partners nationwide have sold iconic paper shamrocks to help kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.
MDA is proud to partner with DECA for the 2018 MDA Shamrocks campaign! For every shamrock sold, DECA chapters will be helping kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases live longer and grow stronger.
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.
Thirteen-year-old Garin, who lives with DMD, has a positive attitude that helps his family give him the best life possible. That includes one day becoming an architect who designs buildings for people who use wheelchairs. But first: MDA Summer Camp!
Twin sisters Avery and Kennedy from California were diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 2 when they were infants. Now, they are featured on MDA Shamrocks available at Lowe’s Home Improvement across the country this year. They love being involved with the Shamrocks program because it helps fund their favorite part of MDA: dance parties at summer camp!
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.
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 Maya, who graces the 2017 green MDA Shamrock.