Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

(ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Unite with MDA, Stop ALS and Save Lives

The freedom to walk, to talk, to run and play. To laugh, to hug. To eat. To breathe. Each day across the country, ALS takes away these everyday freedoms — from mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, and from our friends and community members.

With our partners and supporters, MDA fights to free people and their families from the devastating effects of ALS, so they can live life to the fullest.


MDA takes a big picture perspective on diseases, including ALS, that limit muscle strength and mobility, so we can reach across diseases to find effective treatments and cures. With our collective strength, we will encourage early diagnosis and action, support families in hometowns across the country and uncover research breakthroughs to help everyone with ALS live longer, stronger lives.

You Can Help

Take action. Make a donation now to help MDA find treatments and cures for ALS and support families living with the disease today.

You can also:

  • Share a message on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to use the hashtag #MDAFightsALS and tag @MDAnews on Twitter, @mda_usa on Instagram and Muscular Dystrophy Association on Facebook.
  • Become an MDA advocate and use your voice to support families affected by ALS.
  • Volunteer with MDA in your community.
  • Join us at a Muscle Walk near you. Start or join a fundraising team today.

Learn more:

  • Read the latest ALS blog from MDA’s ALS Scientific Program Officer Amanda M. Haidet-Phillips, Ph.D.: MDA Targets $2 Million in New Grants Toward Understanding and Treating ALS.
  • Be sure to check out the latest MDA ALS blogs from people living with ALS, as they use their “voices” to help raise awareness and share their thoughts, experiences and advice with the ALS community.
  • Learn more about ALS, its causes, signs and symptoms, research, clinical trials and more.
  • Download our ALS Fact Sheet to see how MDA supports families living with ALS and uses your donations to help find treatments and cures.