What the DECA-MDA Partnership Means to Me

Jessica Hetzel, MDA/DECA Ambassador

Jessica Hetzel

DECA causeraising for MDA allows children living with muscular dystrophy the opportunity to attend summer camp, funds clinics where MDA patients can visit their health team all in one visit and provides funding for research for new treatments.

MDA camp is an experience like no other; it truly gives youth a week to reach their next level and grow their independence. I’m lucky enough to be on the first-ever treatment for SMA, and that would not be possible without MDA’s funding for research. There are so many different types of muscular dystrophy and there are only a handful of treatments available. We cannot stop causeraising until every person with muscular dystrophy has the option to be treated.

Causeraising for MDA is unlike any other because truly every dollar makes an impact. During my time as a DECA member, I hosted multiple causeraising events including a miracle minute that raised $1,000 in 60 seconds during a high school basketball game. To celebrate Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month in March, my school district hosted a “Green Week” full of fundraising events called where we sold shirts, brackets, shamrocks and pins, with all proceeds going toward MDA.

I had so much fun causeraising for MDA through my DECA chapter because I know how much these dollars impact lives like mine.

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