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

A message from Dr. Donald S. Wood, MDA President and CEO

For over 70 years, MDA has led the way as the #1 Voluntary Health Organization in the U.S. for people living with neuromuscular diseases. The MDA team recently held our Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference in Nashville, TN, which drew a community of more than 1,700 scientists and clinicians from 15 countries. While we were in Nashville, we also kicked off the MDA Tribute Tour, a celebration of the community of volunteers who help support the families we serve. At MDA, families and volunteers are at the heart of our mission - check out some inspiring stories from our volunteers in Quest. We are excited to come together to thank YOU, and we hope you’ll volunteer with us again this year to continue to help empower our families.

Strength in unity. Strength in community.

What We Do

Since 1950, we've spearheaded efforts to transform the lives of people with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. We fund groundbreaking research for promising treatments and provide families with the highest quality care from the best doctors in the country.

  • 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.

About Neuromuscular Diseases

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with MDA. Whether you’re looking to create a fundraiser, host a game night, volunteer at a camp, run a marathon, or advocate for the cause, the ways to get involved are endless.

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Latest Stories

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Press Releases

International Association of Fire Fighters Launch 250 Fill the Boot Fundraisers in Cities Across America Labor Day Weekend for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Muscular Dystrophy Association Tribute Awards To Honor St. Louis’ Dr. Alan Pestronk Of Washington University School Of Medicine, Mike Bush Of Ksdk-tv & ‘the Flying Pigs’...
MDA Proudly Announces 2022 Advocacy Collaboration Grants Program
MDA seeks to fund public policy and advocacy projects that will benefit the NMD community.
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