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. To celebrate this special 35th anniversary, we’re joining together with more than 25,000 retail locations across the country this St. Patrick's Day season. Buy a shamrock at a participating store near you and help make this the best year yet!
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Garin was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of 3. Every day, Garin’s diagnosis brings numerous challenges, but his positive attitude enables him to face each challenge head on. He loves animals – including his service dog, Ranger – and dreams of someday becoming an architect so he can design accessible buildings.
Twin sisters Avery and Kennedy were diagnosed with SMA type 2 when they were infants. They both love attending their local MDA Summer Camp – the dance party is their favorite activity. Avery says that most people don’t know that she’s into video games, she’s very smart and that her “dance moves are on fleek.” Kennedy says she loves to play video games and write stories, and when she grows up, she wants to be a motivational speaker and help people feel strong.
Jordy’s favorite thing about MDA is getting to go to MDA Summer Camp. Diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at age 4, he loves that camp is a time for him to be around other kids with muscular dystrophy with whom he can play, sing, do archery together and even “meet firefighters up close.” While he’s not in school studying his favorite subjects – science and history – you’ll find him reading, playing video games and going out with his family.
Each day, freedoms like walking, talking, hugging and even breathing are taken from individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. See the impact our iconic paper shamrocks had last year.
Every day, MDA invests $75,000 in research to find breakthrough treatments and cures across diseases.
MDA funds more than 150 Care Centers at top hospitals and health care facilities across the US and Puerto Rico to provide comprehensive clinical care and support to families that need it most.
Nearly 75 MDA Summer Camps across the country provide kids with muscular dystrophy the ability to experience a week-long experience where anything is possible – at no cost to families.