Clifford Fuel Raises More Than $37,500 for the MDA!

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Clifford Fuel Raises More Than $37,500 for Muscular Dystrophy Association!

Annual MDA Shamrocks Program Helps Local Families Fighting Disease


UTICA, NY March 23, 2017 – From February 1st to March 17th, Clifford Fuel locations participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser in which customers and associates purchased MDA Shamrocks at check-out for a $1, $5 or a larger contribution to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Clifford Fuel Company is proud to announce that during their 35th annual fundraiser, they raised more than ever have before, over $37,500, exceeding last year’s total by more than $7,000.

Clifford Fuel has been a partner of the MDA for more than 20 years.  Over the past two decades, they have raised more than $400,000 to help families living with muscle disease in the Mohawk Valley.

“The generosity of our employees and customers this year was second-to-none,” said Jim Clifford, President of Clifford Fuel. “Even the smallest contribution to the MDA can make a world of difference for someone living with this disease and we are so grateful to everyone who participated.”

Muscular dystrophy and other related life-threatening diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe. Funds raised go to the MDA to help save and improve the lives of people fighting the disease.

Fundraising dollars help the MDA build on decades of research progress, pushing science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures. Funds also support life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY, and the MDA’s summer camp, where kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year.” This year, Clifford Fuel’s contributions are helping CNY native Aiden Watkins, a MDA Goodwill Ambassador battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, attend summer camp!

“There are no words to describe the support and opportunities that the MDA and their supporters provide for Aiden and our family,” said Ray Watkins, Aiden’s dad.

To learn more about the MDA’s Shamrock program, click here or contact contact Kristin Lemaire, senior fundraising coordinator, at or by calling (315) 451-8269.

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About MDA– The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

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