When entering any of Huron’s Corner Pantry stores, you might notice a bit of green on the walls, especially at the D & S location at 275 Lincoln Avenue Southwest. Manager, Beth Schneider and her crew of five have sold close to 2000 Shamrocks with all the proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy foundation.
Parent company, M.G. Oil Company, has held this charitable event as a competition between their stores for the last few years. Based in Rapid City, the company owns more than 70 operations in South Dakota and Wyoming, including fivelocations in Huron. The top stores will win t-shirts and of course, bragging rights.
According to MDA.org. Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.
Children born with severe forms of muscular dystrophy may never gain the ability to walk or achieve other developmental milestones. Some may have trouble breathing, which may require the use of a ventilator, others may experience weakness with the muscles used for swallowing, causing nutritional problems.
Depending on the type, muscular dystrophy may involve intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, eye defects or seizures. And although there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, medications and therapy can help manage symptoms and slow the course of the disease.
Which is why these fundraising events are so important, they help many individuals receive these much needed treatments that would otherwise be unaffordable.
Schneider, who started out at the Westpark location three years ago, encourages her staff to ask for the dollar donation with every transaction, from every customer, every-time. “My thinking is that if our Westpark location could be third in the company last year, our Eastside store could be number one,” she said.
With this fundraising event coming to a close Sunday, March 17, (St. Patrick’s Day) be sure to stop in at any of the Corner Pantry locations and purchase your “Shamrock” to help benefit the many people afflicted with this disease.