NHS walks for Muscular Dystrophy


All of the teams that fundraised for the MuscleWalk competed in a fire truck pull consisting of 10 Cedar Park NHS members. Photo by Savannah Burchfiel

Savannah Burchfiel

National Honor Society members worked their philanthropic muscles during the MuscleWalk on Feb. 22 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. At the event, students cheered on children with disabilities, participated in a fire truck pull and supported the organization’s cause by donating $800.

“The MuscleWalk was an incredibly fun way to raise awareness and celebrate advancements in the fight against muscular dystrophy,” NHS Junior Representative Ryan Scott said. “Not only did NHS donate $800, but we also gained awareness and knowledge about muscular dystrophy.”

MDA is a worldwide nonprofit organization that sponsors research and treatment of neuromuscular diseases. These diseases include ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease, and muscular dystrophy, a group of diseases that affects muscle development and function, which can inhibit movement and hinder day-to-day activities.

Volunteer coordinator Cara Quinn, who helped organize the event, spoke how the organization’s cause affects her personally.

“Our goal is to raise money for local families that have been affected by muscular dystrophy,” Quinn said. “The friends and families I’ve gotten to meet are what truly make an impact in my life.”

The money that MDA raised for these families supports research, funds three clinics per month and sends children with disabilities to summer camps. For the Austin event alone, the organization raised $223,000 through independent group fundraising.

According to NHS Junior Representative Rachel Pokorney, the event was a success for the group.

“We added more spirit to the event by cheering for each participant as they walked in,” Pokorney said.

In an effort to spread information about MD and raise support, the organization has a goal of getting 1,000 likes on their Facebook page, which can be found at facebook.com/mdaaustin. Follow the link to like the page and find more information about MDA.