Boone, IA, April 2, 2021 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced today that it’s 2021 Shamrock Round Up Campaign with Fareway Stores, Inc. raised $241,549 to help transform the lives of children and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases.
“Once again, Fareway Stores, Inc, their customers, and employees have gone above and beyond to make a meaningful difference for people whose everyday freedoms - walking, talking and even breathing - have been taken away by neuromuscular diseases,” said MDA National Manager, Consumer Engagement and Cause Partnerships, Jillian Harper. “It is because of their generosity that MDA is able to provide lifesaving research and support to help these individuals and their families live longer, grow stronger and experience a world without limits.”
“For the past 29 years, we’ve taken great pride in helping further the mission of MDA to find a cure for debilitating muscle diseases,” said Fareway President and CEO Reynolds W. Cramer. “This life-saving work would not be possible without the generosity of our customers and their on-going support of the Shamrocks Round Up campaign.”
From February 22nd to March 17th, Fareway Stores, Inc. locations participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which associates ask guests to round up their total at checkout for MDA. Each donation symbolizes the movement to cure these diseases for MDA families in the communities Fareway serves.
Since first teaming up with MDA in 1992, Fareway Stores, Inc. and its customers have raised funds and awareness to help MDA provide the families it serves with critical resources and support to fulfill life goals. This year, the MDA Shamrocks Round Up program united thousands of retail locations throughout the country to benefit the organization’s shared mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care the MDA Care Center at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Recent major medical and scientific advancements including the development of twelve new FDA approved treatments in the past six years, and the promise of more to come, make today the most optimistic time in the history of neuromuscular disease research and care. These advances are made possible in part by the funds raised and support given over the years by Fareway Stores, Inc.
For 70 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has been committed to transforming the lives of people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. We do this through innovations in science and innovations in care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research we have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases. MDA's MOVR is the first and only data hub that aggregates clinical, genetic, and patient-reported data for multiple neuromuscular diseases to improve health outcomes and accelerate drug development. MDA supports the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics providing best in class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions. Our Resource Center serves the community with one-on-one specialized support, and we offer educational conferences, events, and materials for families and healthcare providers. MDA Advocacy supports equal access for our community, and each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at summer camp and through recreational programs, at no cost to families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, MDA continues to produce virtual events and programming to support our community when in-person events and activities are not possible. MDA’s COVID-19 guidelines and virtual events are posted at mda.org/COVID19. For more information, visit mda.org.