Muscle walk brings awareness about MDA

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk in Wilmington was held Saturday at Hugh MacRae Park.

Hundreds of people came out and showed support for area MDA families.

Liz Shirley, Senior Fundraiser Coordinator for Eastern Carolinas MDA, says there are more than 200 people with some type of muscular dystrophy in New Hanover County alone so having events like the muscle walk increases awareness within the community.

“I think some times people don’t understand what muscular dystrophy is,” Shirley said. “They hear it but there are 43 different types and they may not be aware that somebody has it so community events that incorporate local high schools and incorporate local restaurants really brings awareness.”

Shirley says the money raised will go to help kids ages 6-17 with MDA to attend a summer camp.

She says they were able to send more than 65 kids last year to the camp and hope to send even more this year.

Muscular Dystrophy Association continues their shamrock campaign through March. You can purchase one at Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bojangles. Handy Hugo’s, and Fuzzy Peach. Shirley says all of that money stays local.

Categories: Local, New Hanover

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