'Lei of Hope' Provides Ray of Hope

Aloha Petroleum program raises more than $10,000 for MDA Hawaii

Aloha MDA

HONOLULU -- Aloha Petroleum,Ltd. recently presented a $10,571 check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Hawaii Chapter, to support the organization's mission to find a cure for muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.

"From funding research for treatments and cures for affected individuals to supporting their families, the MDA is an important organization dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from chronic, progressive muscle diseases," said Gary Altman, general manager of company operated stores for Aloha Petroleum Ltd. "We thank our generous customers for making this donation possible."

In August, Aloha Petroleum raised the funds through the MDA's "Lei of Hope" program, where customers donated $1 or $5 and received their name on a flower, which is currently displayed at participating Aloha Island Mart locations.

Contributions fund MDA's outpatient medical clinics on Oahu, the Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui. Donations are also used to operate a medical equipment closet, where the organization provides wheelchairs, communication devices and other medical equipment needs to clients without insurance or who are waiting for prescribed equipment to be delivered. MDA also sponsors a variety of educational support groups that focus on empowering families affected by neuromuscular diseases and funds Camp Erdman on the North Shore of Oahu, a summer camp designed for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs.

MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It funds 300 research projects worldwide; maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle diseases.

Aloha Petroleum is the largest independently owned gasoline marketer and convenience store operator in Hawaii, with a history that dates back to the early 1900s. Aloha employs more than 500 Hawaii residents and markets through more than 100 Shell, Aloha and Mahalo-branded fueling stations in the state.

Pictured from left to right: Gary Altman, general manager - company operated stores for Aloha Petroleum, Ltd.; Jade Guess, fundraising coordinator for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hawaii Chapter; Adrianna O'Donnell, executive director for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hawaii Chapter; Cassandra Bui, marketing communications manager for Aloha Petroleum Ltd.