Krist Food Marts support MDA Shamrocks program

IRON RIVER—More than 75 Krist Food Marts throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan are uniting to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Shamrocks program beginning Feb. 12 and running through March 25.
    Krist Oil has raised more than $123,000 since 2011 and raised more than $21,000 in 2017.
    Participating retailers invite customers to join them in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program by adding an iconic paper Shamrock (pinup) to their purchase at check-out for just a $1, $5 or a larger contribution – all benefiting MDA.  
    “For many of us the Shamrock is a symbol of luck, but for families fighting muscle-debilitating diseases, MDA Shamrocks represent so much more - strength, independence and life,” said fundraising coordinator Murphy Maes in a press release.
    “With help from our generous partners and the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan community, we will be able to bring urgently needed answers and support to kids and adults affected by neuromuscular diseases today, as we work together to make tomorrow free from the diseases themselves.”
    As the 2018 MDA Shamrocks program celebrates its 36th anniversary, it unites 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.
    Those include state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care the MDA Care Center at Prevea Health in Green Bay and Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wis.
    Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 45 area kids where they can experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Pilgrim Center.
    To learn more about the 2017 MDA Shamrocks program and how to get involved, contact Maes at 920-499-4571or mmaes@mdausa.org, or visit mda.org/shamrocks.