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Make Your Move with Aisles of Smiles

Aisles of Smiles brings together grocery retailers, top consumer brands, and valued customers to support MDA's mission and families.

About Aisle of Smiles

The MDA Aisles of Smiles program began as a notion held by a father whose son had muscular dystrophy. In 1984, Hank Lautrup was a food broker employed by Southern California-based Kelley-Clarke Inc. Hank’s son, Timmy, was seen at MDA's Care Center and attended MDA Summer Camp, all while his dad was involved on the local MDA Executive Committee. Hank saw the type of events being held and money raised by other sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch and Harley-Davidson, and he figured his industry — the food industry — also could have a program that raised money to support MDA while also serving as a mechanism to boost his employer’s sales business. To join MDA and the Aisles of Smiles campaign or if you have any questions, please email us at partners@mdausa.org.

Meet Some of Our MDA Summer Campers

  • A picture of Brie sitting on a velvet couch.

    Meet Brie

    Brie wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Neuromuscular disease has tried to set limits, but Brie is determined to defy them all. MDA has given her family support through Care Center, Summer Camp, and connecting them with other families living with neuromuscular disease.

  • A picture of Lucas.

    Meet Lucas

    He wants to be an entomologist when he grows up. He enjoys exploring outside. Thanks to the quality care he receives at MDA Care Center, he hopes to thrive and maintain his independence for decades to come. MDA Summer Camp has given Lucas the chance to bond with other kids like him.

  • A picture of Jonathan.

    Meet Jonathan

    He loves playing the piano and singing. When he grows up, he wants to be an actor. He was recently cast in the Netflix adaptation of "13: The Musical". Muscular Dystrophy impacts every move he makes. At MDA Summer Camp, he has made friends who understand his challenges and support him.

For more information, please contact partners@mdausa.org.