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Official MDA Bowlathon manual

Branch 197 MDA Coordinator Donna Sterner has worked up a PowerPoint presentation designed to help other coordinators gather support for the annual Bowlathon for MDA. Click here to download the PowerPoint file. Click here to download a PDF version of the file.


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“If you really want to see why NALC has MDA as a national charity, go to one of the summer camps,” said NALC National MDA Coordinator Jim Williams. “You’ll be blown away by the courage of the kids and their families, seeing how they cope.” Click here to read the article in the August 2010 Postal Record.
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MDA Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff

—from the 2014 NALC Convention in Philadelphia

Star lineup for ‘MDA Show of Strength Telethon’ over Labor Day Weekend

Aug. 25, 2014—Aloe Blacc, Alyssa Milano, Brad Paisley, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Josh Groban, LeAnn Rimes and Rascal Flatts were set to appear on the Muscular Dystrophy Association's telethon. The show, focused on saving and improving the lives of people fighting muscle disease, aired Sunday, Aug. 31 on ABC. | | facebook/MDAnational | @MDAnews | #MDAtelethon

MDA and ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease

Aug. 1, 2014—We recently passed a milestone in our nation’s history. The 75th anniversary of beloved Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig’s speech, which raised awareness about a disease that strikes people in the prime of life, was put front and center of America’s consciousness. It is ironic that this genetic killer struck down the one player whose name is synonymous with longevity. Lou Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games and held the record until Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed it in 1995. Since this is the anniversary of this great speech, now is a good time to refresh our understanding about this disease. Click here to read NALC National MDA Coordinator Jim Williams’ column in this month’s Postal Record.

The MDA Muscle Walk is a series of fun, non-competitive local walks held across the country, funding research and services for people with any of more than 40 muscle-damaging diseases.

The largest event of its kind in the United States, Muscle Walk gives you the opportunity to:

  • honor adults and children with any of the more than 40 muscle diseases in MDA’s program;
  • walk to have fun and get some light exercise with kids, friends, parents, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more; and
  • raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association support research and provide vital services to families affected by neuromuscular disease.

For information, to register and start fundraising, visit

Click here to download a list of MDA Muscle Walk locations (PDF).

Three more ways you can help:

  • Make a donation on MDA’s secure Web page. It’s quick, easy and tax-deductible. Go to and click on “Donate.”
  • Join other volunteers and share your time and talent to support walk recruitment, team coaching, pre-event coordination, legwork and behind-the-scenes muscle.
  • Join us on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word. Share the latest on your Muscle Walk event, support your team and connect with our nationwide community of people—just like you—who are participating in the MDA Muscle Walk.

Award-winners visit MDA camp

From the September 2013 edition of The Postal Record. Click here for a printable version of this article.

On July 17, 24 representatives from the 11 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Honor Roll category-winning NALC branches joined National President Fredric Rolando, MDA Coordinator Jim Williams, Community Services and Outreach Director Pam Donato and others in attending a day of MDA summer camp at Camp Thunderbird in Apopka, FL.

The day was filled with activities for the campers, such as swimming, basketball, “pimp my ride” (the rides being their wheelchairs), creating floats for the annual camp parade, face-painting and creating mosaic tiles that will be constructed into an NALC art piece to hang in the MDA Research Center in Tucson, AZ. During the visit, the category winners and guests took a tour of the camp grounds and learned what it takes to run a week of MDA camp.

The visitors learned that each child has his or her own counselor, as well as access to onsite full-time medical staff, all of whom donate their time to tend to the special needs of the campers.

All of the facilities have been modified to be wheelchair accessible, and special care is given in choosing camp activities to allow everyone to participate.

“MDA camp is a wonderful opportunity for these children to spend time with kids who are just like them, doing activities adapted to their needs and making new friendships,” President Rolando said. “NALC members should be proud of the fundraising work they do all year long to help make camps like this—along with the research to one day deliver a cure—a reality.”

“The highlight of the day for me,” Donato said, “was when one camper exclaimed that this had been the best week of his life, even though it was only Wednesday morning.”

The day at camp was followed by an awards dinner where President Rolando recognized each category’s winning branch with a certificate.

NALC National Bowlathon for MDA

America’s letter carriers have helped lead the search for a cure for neuromuscular diseases for 60 years. The NALC was the first national sponsor of the MDA and has collected more than $20 million in the last 15 years alone to finance research and provide care and services for children and adults affected by any of the more than 40 muscular dystrophy diseases covered by MDA’s comprehensive medical services and research programs. MDA’s programs are funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals and organizations.

“It’s important that our branches make these fundraisers their own,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The results are always better when they do. And every dollar we bring in is one more dollar we’re closer to delivering the cure.”

Group shot of HQ Bowlathon participants
Bowlathon participants representing NALC Headquarters in Washington.

America's letter carriers have helped lead the search for cure for neuromuscular diseases for half a century. The NALC was the first national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and letter carriers are among MDA's top fund-raisers, collecting more than $20 million in the past 15 years alone to finance research and provide care and services for children and adults with muscular dystrophies. 

Branches can now register to take part in the year-long campaign to raise funds for NALC's official charity. Branches that fill out a registration form will receive a packet of materials designed to help branches redouble their efforts.

By clicking here, you will launch a small program (MDA Branch Form.exe) that allows you to type required information directly into the NALC registration form. (If the program doesn't open, right-click the link and save it to your computer or open a PDF of the form here).

NALC's ‘Fill the Satchel’:

In the 1950's when NALC had “porch light brigades,” we collected money from customers after work for MDA. NALC raised more $3 million annually, at a time when letter carrier salaries were only $4,400 per year. If the previous generation of letter carriers collected that kind of money, we should be inspired to do even more for our longtime charity.

Click here for coverage of this year's event, printed in the October 2012 Postal Record.

NALC branches across the country have been raising money for MDA in a variety of ways for many years. And the first-ever national NALC “Fill the Satchel” campaign took place on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.

‘Fill the Satchel’ is held typically on the second Sunday in September.

Be sure to check and abide by the laws in your community regarding fund raising events and plan accordingly to make your “Fill the Satchel” day the most simplistic, productive fund raiser that you have ever organized.

Locally raised funds must be turned over to the local MDA office for deposit and crediting purposes. For a branch MDA fundraising report form, click here.

Postal Record articles
National MDA Coordinator Jim Williams writes a column in NALC's monthly magazine, The Postal Record, that covers the ways NALC branches can support MDA.

2014 2013
January: Strategic planning and MDA December: Help and hope to all
March: NALC and MDA in 2014 November: It takes a village
April: MDA at the Philadelphia convention October: Risk vs. reward
May: Help and hope to those in need September: A day in the life
June: 2013 Honor Roll August: Understanding Duchenne’s MD
August: MDA and ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease July: More than one way to make a difference
Sept./Oct.: NALC and the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the national convention June: Caregivers—heroes among us
  May: 2012 Honor Roll
  April: Is MDA camp in your future?
  March: Transitions: The freedom to choose their path in life

January: The future is ours to shape

2012 2011
December: MDA and NALC go to the desert December: Onward and upward
November: Muscle walks—an idea worth exploring November: Influenza is nothing to sneeze at
October: Letter carriers are amazing October: 2011 telethon credits the past, looks to the future
August: MDA updates September: Where is the vision for the future?
July: Care and concern for those with disabilities August: 'Fill the Satchel' coming soon!
June: Planning for success July: Saying goodbye to an American hero
May:2011 NALC Honor Roll June: Save the date—Oct. 2
April: MDA at the convention May: 2010 NALC Honor Roll
March: Reflecting on change April: 'Fill the Satchel' coming in August
January: Genetics and muscular dystrophy March: Who deserves the credit?
  January - It's a new year; what should we resolve to do?
2010 2009
December: Thanks for a job well done! December: Walking the talk
November: MDA—help and hope to those in need November: The economy impacts us all
September-October: Success at the national convention and beyond October: Onward and upward
July: A letter carrier tells her story September: What a difference a day can make
June: Letter carriers care August: Planning for the national bowlathon
May: 2009 NALC-MDA honor roll July: For a national focus, how about a bowlathon?
April - MDA at the national convention June - NALC delivers for MDA in 2008
March - MDA branch coordinators--the key to success May - NALC and MDA: We are making a difference
January - A sincere thanks April - Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes
  March 2009 - Now is the time to register
  January - In praise of MDA coordinators
2008 2007
November - Planning for MDA success December - Live, laugh and love
October - MDA by the numbers November - Ways to raise money for MDA
August/September - MDA at the national convention October - Living lives of significance: Augie Nieto and Luke Christie
July - Revised 2007 Honor Roll September - The value of volunteering
June - MDA at the national convention August - Tune in the Labor Day telethon
May - 2007 contest winners and Honor Roll July - 2006 Honor Roll and contest winners
April 2008 - The latest in research and development June 2007 - Profiles in courage
March - What is muscular dystrophy? May - Keeping MDA on the front burner
January - MDA and NALC: Giving help and hope to many April - Renewing our commitment to a worthy cause--part 2
  March 2007 - Renewing our commitment to a worthy cause--part 1
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