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Locals raise over $180,000 for local MDA chapter

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Locals raise over $180,000 for local MDA chapter

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Apr 15, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The shamrocks are all over town, proof the people of Las Vegas have been incredibly generous. Every dollar you donate goes to the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Abgail Brown is a typical pre-teen. The 12-year-old loves Mindcraft, looming and TV, "I love watching Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen."

Like all kids, Abby is looking forward to the summer and summer camp. But Abby can't walk right now, so she'll be going to a camp for kids just like her, with muscular dystrophy.

"You can always talk to them about how you're feeling and they get it. It's amazing. You don't have to worry about bullies. And that's a big part of life for kids with MD."

Abby's camp will be paid for with money raised in the Shamrock Campaign. A dollar a shamrock. $180,000 this year.

Shoppers at the Lowe's on South Eastern donated the most. Rachel Commeford is the Executive Director of MDA Nevada, "The money stays local. That's the most important thing. There are over 700 families we serve in Nevada."

Money pays for clinics, equipment, flu shots and sending kids, like Abby, to summer camp. "It's amazing. Some people don't realize that one penny can make a difference. Sending a kid to camp. I've had friends who've tried to commit suicide but camp helps so much."

The Shamrock Campaign wraps up Tuesday for most locations, but there are still a few 7-Elevens participating until May 20.

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.