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Nationwide Thousands of Businesses Unite to Help Save Lives through MDA Shamrocks

The program now in its 35th year has raised millions to support families with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.

CHICAGO, March 1, 2017Tens of thousands of retailers nationwide have rallied together to raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) save and improve the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy by participating in the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program —the nation’s largest St. Patrick's Day fundraising program of its kind. The campaign is active now through the end of March.

“It’s remarkable to think that paper Shamrocks bought and signed by customers across the country can make such a tremendous difference in finding treatments and cures for MDA families affected by a neuromuscular disease,” said MDA Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Karen Lewis Alexander. “We can’t thank our retail partners and their employees enough for participating in this year’s Shamrocks campaign and making vital donations possible to help provide the families we serve with access to top clinical care, life-changing summer camps, essential support programs, groundbreaking research and much more.”

Thousands of local grocery, home improvement, convenience stores and restaurants, including Albertsons Companies, Bojangles’ restaurants, CITGO Petroleum Corporation and its Marketers, Divisions of the Kroger Company,  and Lowe’s Home Improvement are participating in this year’s MDA Shamrocks program. The iconic paper Shamrocks allow customers and employees to help accelerate progress for individuals whose abilities to move are compromised — including everyday abilities like walking, running, hugging, talking and even breathing — by making a donation at check-out for just a $1, $5 or a larger contribution. Each Shamrock is then signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in each community.

Over the past 35 years, the MDA Shamrocks program has raised more than $300 million to support MDA research and services. Learn more about the MDA Shamrocks program and find select participating retailers at

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at

Roxan Triolo Olivas
MDA Vice President Public Relations and Community Programs