Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

MDA Awards $13.7 Million in Research Grants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 40 research grants totaling $13.7 million to advance the understanding of disease processes and uncover new strategies for treatments and cures of muscular dystrophy and the more than 40 other diseases in the Association's program.

The new grants were recommended by MDA's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees and approved by MDA's Board of Directors at its July 2011 meeting.

Yellow Flower Number One

Danielle won awards for her artwork in high school and is currently studying graphic design at the International Academy of Design & Technology.  She has created banners for the local MDA summer camp.  Along with painting, Danielle also enjoys other arts and crafts and playing cards.

Waves of Life


Erin loved to attend summer camp and especially enjoyed swimming. This work of art was created in an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held May 25, 1992 in Lafayette, LA.

White Bursts into Green

Mark has an associate’s degree in liberal arts from the Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, and is certified in computer programming.  His hobbies include computer design and public speaking.  Mark volunteers for MDA in the Chicago suburbs area.

Wave Number 10

Morris is a former professional carpenter.  A self-taught artist, he prefers painting in oils and uses his love of nature to create landscapes and seascapes.  A wave that’s a perfect 10 is every surfer’s dream.

Winter Sepia Gold


Carl has been taking photos since 1972.  His technique has evolved from traditional film photography processes to using software for cropping, tonal control, color mixing and other effects with scanned images.  Although he uses a tracheostomy tube, Carl spends 95 percent of his field time by himself and uses a tripod to keep the camera steady.

Wheelchair Dancing

Melina has a proficiency certificate in English from Cambridge and Oxford Universities and attended the Panteion University of Athens.  She enjoys painting and sketching and has participated in a number of art exhibits.  She has also written and published literature.

Untitled - Trevor Schaid


Trevor created this artwork at age 16 at an art workshop during the summer of 1991 at MDA's Wonderland Camp at Camp Lake, Wisconsin.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1998 with a double major in English and psychology.

Untitled - Tammie Groth


Tammie created this artwork at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held May 15, 1993, at the Detroit Institute of Art.  Her service dog, “Ty,” accompanies her to classes at Schoolcraft College where she’s studying psychology.

Untitled - Stacey Wilson


Stacey has been painting since 1991 and also enjoys writing.  She graduated from the University of Houston with a major in accounting and is self-employed.