MDA Shamrocks Tradition Thrives in Maine; C.N. Brown’s Big Apple Convenience Store Raises $83,000 to Help Maine Families Fight Muscle-Debilitating Diseases
More than 76 Big Apple Convenience Stores throughout Maine and New Hampshire teamed with customers to raise $83,000 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
“Each year, C.N. Brown and Big Apple Store employees and customers open their hearts to make a big difference through the simple act of selling or purchasing an MDA Shamrock,” said Ashley King, Executive Director of MDA Maine. “We’re grateful to everyone who participated and we’re honored to have the People of C.N. Brown’s support of MDA’s mission to help local families affected by these muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.”
From February 20th to March 17th, Big Apple Stores participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which customers and associates purchased an MDA Shamrock at check-out for a $1, $5 or a larger contribution at check-out. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.
Since first teaming up with MDA in 1985, C.N. Brown and its customers have raised nearly $6 million dollars to help MDA provide the families it serves with critical resources and support to fulfill life goals.
This year, the MDA Shamrocks program united tens of 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 Maine Medical Partners Neurology in Scarborough.
Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 90 area kids where they can experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine.
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 mda.org.