MDA raises money with music

MDA benefit raises money with music

Muscular Dystrophy is a crippling disease that wastes away the muscles. There is no cure.

Austin’s Muscular Dystrophy Association does good work with families coping with it. On Sunday, they got a shot in the arm with the second annual MDA Music Fest in south Austin.

Hundreds pitched in and had a good time doing it. Several bands provided the music at ABGB, the Austin Beer Garden.

There were plenty of games and lots to eat for the entire family. All proceeds went to MDA Austin.

“Every dollar that we raise is raised by the community and stays in the local community,” said MDA Austin Director Marcie McDonald. “And, with the support of the community we are able to fund support groups and clinics.”

Sunday’s celebration was also to honor Amadeo’s Army.

10-year-old Amadeo Andrade was first diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy when he was five. He and his family have bravely pushed on. He continues to challenge himself as the work goes on to find a cure.

“What we are trying to do is, not only raise awareness, but show that there are people out here, like my son, who wants to have fun and who wants to be out here and enjoy the music and enjoy the community and that we are all in this together,” said Amadeo’s father Mario Andrade. “This is a fight that we’re all for.”

Last year Amadeo’s Army raised $38 thousand for the cause and this year they pushed the envelope even higher.

Austin’s local MDA chapter is currently serving 700 families across 11 counties in Central Texas and they hope their efforts will grow. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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