Community Programs

lab day

Lab Day

Each February, the Paul and Sheila Wellstone MD Center hosts Lab Day - a chance for researchers and MD Community members to gather and learn more about the research being done here at the University of Minnesota and how it is impacting patients lives.

community picnic

Community Picnic

Through an ongoing partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the MD Center and MDA host an annual summer picnic for MD Community Members and their families. At this annual event, lunch is served along with an opportunity to try various outdoor adaptive activities from Three Rivers Park District.

family camp

Family Camp

Now in its eighth year, the MD Center Family Weekend has become a weekend our Pediatric patients and their families look forward to each fall. This event is an opportunity for families of those living with muscular dystrophy to enjoy a fun family weekend filled with game, crafts, camp fires, swimming, family centered activities and more! The unique facilities at Camp Courage allow families to enjoy a weekend away with other families just like yours! 

Interested in attending? Please contact Jenny Marzolf at or (612) 626-0822 with questions!

2023 MD Center Trunk or Treat

Volunteer or Sponsor

Are you interested in volunteering or sponsoring one of our events? We are always looking for eager and interested volunteers to help ensure our events run smoothly and are fun for our patients and families. Or if you don't have the time to join us, you can support our events through sponsorship and underwriting. Contact Jenny at to share your gift of time or financial support to ensure we can continue to provide community outreach programs for our MD Community.

Make a Donation

You can have an immediate impact on programs such as the Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center by making a donation.

We always need your help in supporting our clinical, educational and research activities, and encourage you to send your gifts to the University of Minnesota Foundation.