Scientists around the globe are conducting intense research to understand what causes muscle dysfunction in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and to apply that understanding to the development of effective treatments. Since inception, MDA has dedicated over $209 million to DMD research, with over $45 million of that investment coming in the past five years alone.
It's not easy when your brother has muscular dystrophy. His illness might bring up thoughts and feelings that upset you. There may be questions you don't know the answers to. You might be shy about asking those questions and about asking for help because your brother needs so much attention.
This brochure was written especially for you. It will help you let people know, "Hey! I'm here, too!"
In the early stages, Duchenne MD affects the shoulder and upper arm muscles and the muscles of the hips and thighs. These weaknesses lead to difficulty in rising from the floor, climbing stairs, maintaining balance and raising the arms.
MDA leads the search for treatments and therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The Association also provides comprehensive supports and expert clinical care for those living with DMD.
In this section, you’ll find up-to-date information about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, as well as many helpful resources. This information has been compiled with input from researchers, physicians and people affected by the disease.
Matt has been painting for several years. His favorite subjects are computer graphics, history and biology. Matt had artwork chosen for display at the Falls Church High School annual exhibit in 2007. He scans many of his pieces of artwork, and uses them for note cards and holiday cards.
Tommy created this mask at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held October 30, 1993, at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. His hobbies include pencil sketching, studying animals and working on the computer.
Kaalan attends Dekaney High School in Houston. His favorite subjects are English, art and animal science. Kaalan drew this artwork based on a hero theme. He has been drawing pictures since he was a youngster.
Robin created this painting at age 17 at an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. In high school, he won school awards for his artwork. He also was a member of the National Honor Society and National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Robin attended the University of Houston.
Tomás created this artwork at age 10 in an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. He served as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador in 1995. He enjoys reading, writing, playing video games and also was involved in a number of his high school's theatrical productions. Tomás graduated from Jesuit High School in 2006 and attends the University of St. Thomas in Houston.