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You are the driving force that enables MDA to support families in hometowns across America. Our generous donors, event participants and dedicated volunteers are the heart of MDA's programs, which make it possible for MDA to continue funding groundbreaking research across diseases to find treatments and cures, support kids and adults from day one and empower families with services in support in your community and hometowns across America. We need you more than ever to help our families who are counting on us.

MDA special events are a fun way to join your community in raising vital funds and awareness to support families living with muscle-debilitating diseases. Please join us for events in your community.

MDA Special Events

MDA Shamrocks Campaign

MDA's iconic St. Patrick's Day fundraiser is supported by thousands of retail locations in hometowns across America to bring strength, independence and life to kids and adults with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases. Customers purchase a paper MDA shamrock at checkout for $1, $5 or a larger contribution to help individuals live longer and grow stronger. MDA provides all materials to participating retailers, including the paper shamrocks for customers and employees to put their name on to display after making a donation. For more information, please contact shamrocks@mdausa.org.

MDA Summer Camp Campaign

Our Summer Camp focused retail campaigns, including our iconic pinups and round up options, highlight one of MDA’s integral programs, and provides children living with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases the opportunity to stay connected and engaged at virtual MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their family.

MDA Holiday Campaign

MDA Holiday Retail Campaign focuses on giving to MDA during the holiday season. The program includes pinups or round up options and helps customers transform the lives of people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases during the holiday season.

MDA Muscle Walk

MDA Muscle Walk is a life-changing event that strengthens families and communities. In more than 150 hometowns across America, every event includes a 1- to 3.1-mile lap designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment friendly course. Leading up to the event, participants and teams fundraise to help MDA find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one and empower families with services and support to live longer and grow stronger. Muscle Walk is more than a fundraising walk. It’s a powerful experience that forges lifelong connections, celebrates families and the barriers they overcome and turns hope into answers. Learn more and sign up today at walk.mda.org.

MDA Team Momentum

Team Momentum is MDA’s endurance training program that empowers individuals of all athletic abilities to train for a half or full marathon while supporting kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Participants dedicate their miles, muscles and personal finish line to freeing families from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases that take away everyday freedoms like walking, running, hugging and even breathing. Team members receive access to a world-class customized training program, experienced coaches and a committed community of support to keep them inspired. Every mile and every dollar raised along the journey helps MDA fund groundbreaking research across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America. To learn more and join the team, visit mdateam.org.

Fill the Boot

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to save and improve the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and other diseases that severely limit strength and mobility, helping them live longer and grow stronger.

Your Way for MDA 

Your ideas are the best ideas. That’s why MDA is giving you the choice and tools to raise money for kids and adults fighting muscle-debilitating diseases in your community and in hometowns across America. From hosting a bake sale to running a 5K to an activity that speaks to your unique story, fundraise your way for MDA.

MDA Golf Outings

MDA golf tournaments are a powerful way to unite around an activity you love while helping individuals ― and the families who love them― live longer and grow stronger. MDA staff can tailor a corporate golf outing to meet your objectives. National sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information regarding Corporate Golf Events, please contact your local MDA office here.

MDA Signature Galas

MDA staff members in your area are ready to help you make your special event a big success. They have lots of creative fundraising ideas that are proven winners, plus "how-to" guides that make events easy to organize. For more information regarding Special Events and Galas, please contact your local MDA office here.


The MDA Hop-a-Thon program is an educational special event for preschool through second-grade children at day care centers, preschools and elementary schools. The program offers a weeklong disability awareness lesson plan; hands-on activities for  children with books and a video; and other free educational materials. Learn more.

To learn more about the above events in your community, please contact resourcecenter@mdausa.org.