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MDA Shamrocks
40 Years of Progress

MDA's iconic St. Patrick's Day fundraiser is supported by thousands of retailers across the country to help transform the lives of children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases.

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Happy 40th Birthday MDA Shamrocks and Thank You for Supporting!

With this milestone, we also celebrate 40 years of progress, including:

  • The Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene/protein was identified
  • The 1st FDA-approved ALS treatment
  • MDA Summer Camp celebrating 60 years of changing lives
  • The 1st FDA-approved SMA and Duchenne treatments
  • 15 total FDA-approved treatments in just 7 years

Your support is helping to transform lives!

See Our Progress

Get a Shamrock, Give Strength

The iconic MDA Shamrocks pinup program is one of the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day fundraisers. What started in a local pub 40 years ago has since grown to thousands of retail locations nationwide and has raised more than $330 million for MDA.

When you donate for your paper Shamrock in store or digital Shamrock online, you’re helping to empower people living with neuromuscular disease to achieve their potential.

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Hear Why Our Partners Love MDA Shamrocks

The Shamrocks program has been a cornerstone of Fareway’s charitable giving efforts, and a beloved tradition in our stores. The relationships with the Shambassadors and their families keep us coming back year after year -- we are so proud to help in the fight!

Partnering with MDA on Shamrocks not only boosts comradery between all of our Discount Drug Mart employees but we get to make a difference in our communities by supporting a good cause as well!

For 35 years our CITGO locations turn green every March as they proudly display MDA shamrocks. We are excited to continue the tradition this year, as we countdown to the 40th birthday celebration of the MDA Shamrocks campaign in March 2022. CITGO Petroleum Corporation and its Marketers and Retailers remain committed to supporting MDA one shamrock at a time.

Thank You to Our Top Partners

  • APEC (Automated Petroleum & Energy Corp)
  • Applebees.
  • Burger King
  • Citgo
  • Cliffs Local Market
  • Country Fair
  • Drug Mart
  • Fareway
  • Fastop.
  • Fastrip
  • Festival Foods
  • Florida Turnpike Services.
  • Haffners.
  • Hardees
  • Henny-Penny
  • Jack in the Box.
  • Karns Food Market
  • KFC.
  • Kwik Fill
  • Marketplace Foods.
  • MinuteMan Food Mart
  • New York Community Blood Bank.
  • Pak A Sak
  • Pocket.
  • Price Chopper
  • PriceChopper Enterprises
  • Sampson-Bladen
  • Shaw's
  • SHOP 'n SAVE
  • Short Stop Food Marts
  • Speedee Mart
  • Superior Grocers.
  • Super One Foods
  • Taco John's
  • Team Schostak.
  • Warrenton Oil

Meet Some of Our Shamrockstars

  • A picture of Jordan.

    Meet Jordan

    Jordan loves playing video games! He has a big impact on his community by doing something special: he helps teach medical students at the University of MN about his diagnosis: SMA Type 2. Jordan has an undeniable love for life and makes new friends wherever he goes.

  • A picture of Maddee.

    Meet Maddee

    Maddee loves to dance and even got to dance with Kelly Rowland.  Maddee’s diagnosis of Congenital muscular dystrophy has its challenges, but she has big goals for her future. She’d like to be a physician, an attorney, or a News/Sports Anchor.

  • A picture of Beck.

    Meet Beck

    Beck has many interests – video games, power chair soccer, spending time with his family, music, and concerts. His favorite hobby is riding his UTV.

    Beck’s family says that his diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy has taught him kindness and acceptance of everyone. He is a great advocate for himself and others! According to his family, Beck is a world changer!

  • A picture of Samantha.

    Meet Samantha

    Samantha has a creative mind and can take just about anything apart and put it back together. She is a huge Harry Potter fan and loves to play video games. Samantha’s diagnosis of Mitochondrial Myopathy (Complex 4) means some extra planning to do activities as a family, but she still loves trying new things! When she grows up, she’d like to be an interior designer or do something in a kitchen since she loves to bake and cook! As a straight A student, she has a very bright future. Samantha enjoys telling her story and helping with any MDA events she can.

  • A picture of Jackson.

    Meet Jackson

    Jackson’s diagnosis of Multiminicore Myopathy/Titin Myopathy is rare and challenging, but he stays super busy enjoying many different interests like playing Lego, sit-skiing, and playing sled hockey.  He also loves swimming and riding his 4-wheeler.  When he grows up, Jackson wants to be a teacher!

MDA provides all materials to participating retailers, including 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.

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