For Strength, Independence and Life
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We’re fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.
The freedom to walk, to talk, to run and play. To laugh, to hug. To eat. To 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.About Neuromuscular Diseases
What We Do
Founded by a group of families in 1950, families are at the heart of everything we do today.
MDA is supporting180 researchprojects worldwide
Kids and adults makenearly 50,000visits to MDA Care Centers each year
More than 3,800kids receive their “best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp, free of charge
You’ve helped makethis progress and more possibleSee the Impact
Volunteer with Us
Whether you’re looking to volunteer at a camp or a local office, organize a group of friends to fundraise, run a marathon, or advocate for the cause, the ways to get involved are endless.Ways to Get Involved
Latest Happenings & Stories
From Caregiver to Clinic Coordinator: Karen Toennis’ Journey Alongside ALS
In the 25 years since her husband’s diagnosis, Karen has seen a lot of progress on the ALS front. She is optimistic about where research is headed but still remembers what it was like for Mike to receive his life-changing news...Read More
13 New MDA Grants Totaling $2.6 Million Push for More Progress
MDA has announced the award of 13 new grants totaling $2.6 million as part of its continued commitment to finding treatments and cures for the diseases in its program.Read More
Hope is Here: MDA Blogger Chris Anselmo Recaps Our 2018 Clinical Conference
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 MDA Clinical Conference in Arlington, Va., to write about it from the patient’s perspective. I am always excited to attend conferences that bring together stakeholders in the neuromuscular disease community. I love meeting fellow patients, and I especially love learning about the latest scientific and clinical advances.Read More
Meet MDA's New National Ambassadors
Each year an MDA National Ambassador is chosen to represent the thousands of people living with neuromuscular disease and inspire the community through their stories. This year, two ambassadors – Faith and Justin – will be traveling the country and sharing our important mission with MDA partners, sponsors and supporters.Read More
MDA Names Michael J. Kennedy as Chief Financial Officer
After a comprehensive nationwide search, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has announced the appointment of Michael Kennedy as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.Read More
Harley-Davidson Honored for Research Contributions at 2018 MDA Clinical Conference
Director of Government Affairs Ed Moreland presented with a symbolic white research coat to recognize Harley-Davidson’s support of the children and families MDA serves.Read More
MDA Collaborates with IQVIA to Expand Disease Registry into the New MOVR Data Hub
Enhancements will streamline data capture and connect patients with opportunities to participate in new research and take advantage of emerging treatments.Read More
MDA Selects Two National Ambassadors to Represent Families Affected By Neuromuscular Disease
Six-year-old girl from Waco, Texas, and 17-year-old high school senior from Concord, Mass., are set to travel the country and share their stories.Read More
Meet Our Partners
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MDA Resource Center: We’re Here For You
Our trained specialists are here to provide one-on-one support for every part of your journey. Send a message below or call us at 800-572-1717. If you live outside the U.S., we may be able to connect you to muscular dystrophy groups in your area, but MDA services are only available in the U.S.