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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.

  • Cure

    Finding research breakthroughs across diseases to accelerate treatments & cures

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  • Care

    Caring for kids and adults from day one at MDA Care Centers

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  • Champion

    Empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America

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  • MDA is supporting
    180 research
    projects worldwide
  • Kids and adults make
    nearly 50,000
    visits to MDA Care Centers each year
  • More than 3,800
    kids receive their “best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp, free of charge
  • You’ve helped make
    this progress and more possible
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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.

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Latest Happenings & Stories

  • MDA Shamrocks are Here!

    Over the past 36 years, the MDA Shamrocks program has raised more than $315 million to help save and improve the lives of families living with muscular dystrophy. This year we're joining together with more than 20,000 retail locations across the country during the St. Patrick's Day season. Use our retailer search to find Shamrocks near you!

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  • Progress is Our Promise: 2017 in Review

    In 2017, MDA helped thousands of families live better and longer lives. All of this and more was possible thanks to you. Thank you for helping make 2017 a remarkable year for families with muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

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  • Join Us for the 2018 MDA Clinical Conference

    To accelerate progress in our mission to save and improve lives, MDA is proud to bring together more than 500 medical and scientific neuromuscular experts at our 2018 Clinical Conference, to be held March 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Register now to save your seat.

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  • “Such a Small World”: Top Team Momentum Fundraising Team Fueled by Lifelong Friends

    “Think about the life-changing experience you’re giving to that person, just by coming and running,” says Stephanie Betts, a Team Momentum runner and proud mother of son Henry who lives with congenital muscular dystrophy. “When you run for someone, for something, it’s a whole different experience. It makes it so much better when you finish.”

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Recent News

  • More than 130 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Restaurants Unite in “Appetite for a Cure” Campaign to Help Save Lives

    Sailormen, Inc., one of the largest domestic franchisees of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, begins the 14th annual “Appetite for a Cure” campaign today that will raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help kids and adults fighting muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.

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  • MDA Announces First U.S. Neuromuscular Disease Registry Report

    The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) today announced the release of the Highlights of the MDA U.S. Neuromuscular Disease Registry (2013-2016) report, which describes data collected during the pilot phase of the MDA U.S. Neuromuscular Disease Registry.

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  • GPM Investments, LLC to Help Kids with Muscular Dystrophy via Holiday Pinups at more than 980 Convenience Store Locations

    More than 980 GPM Investments, LLC convenience store locations throughout the East Coast and Midwest are raising funds for MDA through a holiday pinup campaign to help kids and adults fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases.

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  • Solid Biosciences Launches DMD Gene Therapy Trial

    Solid Biosciences today announced the launch of its first clinical trial for SGT-001, the company’s experimental gene transfer therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The phase 1/2 study, called IGNITE DMD, is designed to assess safety and efficacy of a single dose of SGT-001 in children and adolescents with DMD.

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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.

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