LUBBOCK, Texas — United Family locations across Texas and New Mexico teamed up with guests to raise $182,717.56 for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. For over 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. MDA’s mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives, according to an announcement of the fund-raising.

From Sept. 1 to Sept. 14, United Family locations including United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market and Amigos participated in the MDA Aisles of Smiles campaign by asking their customers to add a donation to their grocery purchase at check out.

The donate-at-the-register campaign accounted for $94,967.56 of the total funds raised during the month. The restcame from guest’s purchases of qualifying products throughout the month of September where a portion of the purchase was donated to MDA.

The MDA Aisles of Smiles campaign benefits the mission to fund groundbreaking research including best in class multidisciplinary care at the MDA Care Center at MDA Care Center at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas Neurology, P.A., James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible, giving kids the opportunity to learn vital life skills, make life-long friendships and experience independence, at no cost to their families. Funds also benefit MDA’s advocacy efforts to provide access to healthcare, travel, education, and inclusive environments for the disability community.