According to MDA, more than one million Americans are affected by neuromuscular diseases. About 250,000 have some form of muscular dystrophy.
Locally, money raised helps the MDA chapter fund research and provides many direct services for people with neuromuscular diseases, including: assistance in purchasing and repairing wheelchairs and leg braces; assistance in purchasing communication devices; sending kids to MDA summer camps each year at no charge to families; facilitating support group meetings; and conducting an ongoing public education campaign.
"We are proud of our relationship with MDA and support their efforts to aide folks in our local community who are affected by this terrible disease," says Bob Kelley, senior vice president of Grant Avenue Development. "We would like to also thank all of our customers who purchased shamrocks from our restaurants this year to help contribute to the cause. Your generous donations will help provide families assistance with medical costs, transportation and support."
Grant Avenue Development has been raising money through its Arby's franchises in Virginia for nine years and for two years in New York and Pennsylvania.