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Muscular Dystrophy

Story by Michael Raines

We all want to help, but sometimes we don’t have the money or don’t know how, well this is an inexpensive and easy way to help. The Beta Club sold shamrocks from March 15 until March 23, 2012--just one dollar apiece!—to help children who have muscular dystrophy. Through this program, the children will gain an opportunity to go to camp; the Beta Club’s goal was to raise $800, but they only raised just a little over $600.

If they raise $74 it will pay for one minute of research, if they raise $150 it will pay for one physical, occupational, or respiratory therapy session, if they raise $300 it will pay for professional fees related to initial diagnostic work-up at an MDA clinic. If they raise $500 dollars it will assist on person for one year with the repairs to durable medical equipment. But if they raise the $800 it will send one child to MDA summer camp.  “It makes me feel important because something as simple as selling shamrocks can help a kid go to camp,” said Beta Club’s President Emilee Carroll.

At MDA summer camp they offer a wide variety of activities that are specially designed for children who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Some of the activities they do are:  Bocce, Golf, Sled hockey that is only some of the activities that they offer at camp. There is no known cure or treatment for muscular dystrophy, and some cases are so severe that these children could lose the ability to walk. Camp offers them the opportunity to do the following:

  • Gain friendships with people who have the same disease they have
  • The opportunity to do activities they couldn’t normally do
  • Play sports that they would never have thought they would never be able to play.


Created by: Michael Raines
Last Updated: March 2012