TUCSON, Ariz., and PLEASANTON, Calif., — Safeway Inc. kicked off its annual fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association August 1 to support health care services for those living with neuromuscular diseases and global MDA research initiatives.
The nationwide campaign runs through September 3, giving customers the opportunity to help fight muscle disease by contributing at the register to MDA’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference®” program.
Along with Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Dominick’s and Carrs stores also will participate.
Safeway has raised more than $68.7 million for MDA, contributing to the search for better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program.
“We’re so grateful to the generous Safeway customers and employees who have truly made a difference in helping us fight muscle disease,” said Valerie Cwik, M.D., MDA’s interim president and medical director. “Important clinical trials are under way that we hope will lead to effective treatments of diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy — and this wouldn’t be possible without Safeway.”
MDA funds some 300 neuromuscular disease research projects around the world from basic science to clinical trials.
“We are honored to be partners with MDA and support its life-saving research,” said Executive Vice President and Chair of the Safeway Foundation Larree Renda. “Our customers’ contributions have helped many people with muscle disease who today, are living longer, stronger and healthier lives.”
Donations made to MDA from Safeway customers and employees in the last year alone have contributed to the following significant research achievements:
In addition to funding research, Safeway’s annual MDA campaign raises public awareness for many of the muscle diseases covered in the Association’s program.
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,666 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $43.6 billion in 2011. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
In addition to funding some 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle diseases. For more information, visit mda.org.