Dr. Donald S. Wood, MDA President and CEO.

A message from Donald S. Wood, PhD, President and CEO

Rare neuromuscular diseases stand as some of the most challenging puzzles in science and medicine today. The rare nature of progressive muscle disease like muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, ALS, and Pompe, coupled with corresponding gaps in public awareness and scientific investment, can present obstacles to research and access to treatments. But at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), thanks to your support, we're tackling these challenges head-on and we’re seeing results!

Our work has led to historic advancements in genetic research, improved diagnostic methods, multidisciplinary care, and the development of groundbreaking therapies that once seemed beyond reach. These scientific discoveries have wide-reaching applications for other more commonplace diseases and conditions, affecting millions of people across the globe.

Together, we can surge past the limits of yesterday's understanding and treatments. It’s your commitment, involvement, and support that are the forces that drive us forward. Thank you for your dedication to people living with neuromuscular diseases and to MDA’s mission.

Mission Statement

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the #1 voluntary health organization in the United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. For over 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. 

MDA's mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives.

  • Innovations in Science

    We are accelerating the delivery of treatments and cures.

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  • Innovations in Care

    We provide services that help people affected by neuromuscular disease.

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The freedom to walk, to talk, to run and play. To laugh, to hug, to eat — even breathe.

Each day these freedoms are taken away from kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that weaken muscle strength and limit mobility. Together we can change that.

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