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Oneida Indian Nation's SavOn Stores Raise Over $7,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Oneida Nation Homelands (October 23, 2014) — The Oneida Indian Nation’s S?vOn Stores proved, once again, that working together can make a difference for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central New York.

Through the annual Make A Muscle campaign, S?vOn stores raised $7,367 this summer. Since 2005, S?vOn Stores have helped raise more than $185,000 for the MDA – with just over $45,000 raised in the past two years.

“The Oneida Nation has a responsibility in our community to support organizations like the MDA,” said Wolf Clan member of the Oneida Nation Council and Chairman of the Oneida Nation Foundation, Chuck Fougnier. “We are happy to give back to the community – especially to those who need it most. This program has been very successful and has helped raise a lot of money for a worthy cause.”

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for 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 disease; and provides free local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle disease. For more information, visit mda.org.

“With the support of S?vOn, we continue to be one step closer to finding treatment and cures for not only DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), but many other neuromuscular diseases,” explained Amber Shaffer, fundraising coordinator for the MDA. “Research for neuromuscular diseases is so promising right now and the MDA staff and the families we serve cannot thank the Oneida Nation enough for their continued dedication and support.”

Shaffer added continued support is vital, “With significant monetary support, progress is being made on many levels.”