Western Refining and its Giant convenience stores in the Tucson area helped raise more than $379,000 for the fight against muscle disease during the third annual "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference" mobile campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
More than 30 Giant retailers located throughout Tucson and southern Arizona participated in the promotion to help save and improve the lives of children and adults affected by muscle disease by raising funds for clinical care, support services and MDA summer camp.
From April 29 through June 2, Western Refining subsidiaries located throughout Arizona, southwestern Colorado, New Mexico and southwestern Texas sold $1 and $5 pin-up mobiles, which were bought and signed by customers and prominently be displayed in each store.
"I am very proud of the effort demonstrated by both the employees and our great customers," said Western Refining Vice President – Retail, R.C. Sprouse. "I continue to be impressed with the charitable contributions we have been able to generate over the years – a testament to the effort of the store employees and to the generosity of our customers."
Giant stores are a subsidiary of Western Refining based in Tempe, Ariz. More than 230 Western Refining convenience stores throughout the Southwest, including Giant, Mustang, Sun Dial and Howdy's, joined forces for this year's fundraising campaign. Last year, more than $351,824 was raised through mobile sales donations. Now in its third year, the "Make a Muscle" mobile campaign has raised nearly $1 million to help MDA continue to make progress in the fight for muscle health.
Mobile sales directly benefit local MDA families and help raise vital funds to support MDA's programs of research and health care services, and to send children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Whispering Hope Ranch in Payson.
Medical services for families living in southern Arizona are provided through the University of Arizona Medical Center University and South Campuses, Children's Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson, as well as St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center in Phoenix and Phoenix Children's Hospital.