Blount County Lowe’s store raises $6,087 for MDA’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy

Local Goodwill Ambassador Alyssa Weiss and Lowe’s employee Jerry Ramsey. Alyssa is a Blount County resident with Mitochondrial Myopathy, a disease that causes muscle weakness and eventually an inability to walk.

Local Goodwill Ambassador Alyssa Weiss and Lowe’s employee Jerry Ramsey. Alyssa is a Blount County resident with Mitochondrial Myopathy, a disease that causes muscle weakness and eventually an inability to walk.

Blount County area Lowe’s stores and their customers came together for an important cause, raising $6,087 in Shamrocks Against Dystrophy donations. Nationwide, the retailer collected over $5.4 million to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) research and services programs.

From mid-February to the end of March, the home improvement retailer sold green, gold and platinum shamrocks to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Funds raised by the Blount Count Lowe’s stores help local individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases. Last year, local Lowe’s stores raised $3,551 in Shamrocks sales.

The popular fundraiser helps to support MDA’s worldwide research program and national network of more than 200 clinics, including the MDA Clinic at the Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Hospital

Shamrock sales also help send many area children with neuromuscular diseases to the barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, TN

“MDA is very honored to have the support of such a fantastic company as Lowe’s, as well as the generosity of Blount County citizens, in the fight to find cures for muscular dystrophy and related diseases,” said Katie Martin. “We’re continually in awe of Lowe’s and their customers giving spirit.”

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

To learn more about Shamrocks Against Dystrophy and other MDA programs, contact 865-588-1632 or visit www.mda.org.

Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, SkillsUSA/SkillsCanada, and The Nature Conservancy, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities in North America. In 2009, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support community and education projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion and has more than 1,700 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.

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