An organization we are particularly impressed by is The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a non-profit organization that is one of the world’s largest financial beneficiaries of muscular dystrophy research.
About the Muscular Dystrophy Association
The MDA’s mission is to support community services, educate health practitioners and raise awareness of muscular dystrophy in the general public. For over 40 years its annual telethon has brought people together in support of MD research.
About the MDA’s Stride and Ride
More recently, the MDA is gaining attention for its “Stride and Ride” [source:https://www.mda.org/muscle-walk], a series of nationwide walking events held throughout the year to raise funds for muscular dystrophy support and awareness. Virtually every month there is a MDA Stride and Ride event somewhere in America, and they are steadily increasing in size and number.
Some of the larger Stride and Ride events are held in Phoenix, AZ, San Diego, CA and Columbia, SC, but with such an active and growing community of supporters, it is easy to find an MDA Stride and Ride event to join no matter where you are.
There is an element of fun and competition, where teams compete to raise more money than each other. Top sponsors and teams get publicity and recognition, boosting the charity’s income. New events are opening up across the country; this year saw the first event in Ohio raise an impressive $29,782, with 229 individual walkers and 29 teams.
Events are also known for not simply being a walk, but adding in a huge range of exciting entertainment from local supporters. Previous walks have seen cheerleader displays, clowns, national anthem singers and face-painting as well as fun seasonable events like Halloween themed walks.
Participating in the MDA Stride and Ride Walks
At Van Products we encourage participating in the MDA Stride and Ride walks, and commend the volunteers and sponsors for all of their hard work to make these events such fun days based around a great cause. Want to learn more about opportunities to get involved in the wheelchair community or how you can help make life more wheelchair accessible? Drop us a note!