For Strength, Independence and Life

At the Muscular Dystrophy Association, we believe in living life, unlimited.

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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.

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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.

What we do

MDA is funding
more than 150 current research projects in 11 countries

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


Be a Limit Defier

Whether you’re looking to volunteer at a camp or local office, organize a group of friends to fundraise, run in a marathon, or advocate for the cause, the ways to get involved are endless.


News & Stories

What You Did: Your #LiveUnlimited Impact

Led by MDA families living with muscular dystrophy and ALS, we’ve challenged you to defy daily limitations and live life to the fullest — and we’re doing the same. We have big plans to advance research, improve day-to-day care and ensure the best quality of life for our community.

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Drug Successfully Meets Primary Endpoint in Interim Analysis of Phase 3 Study for Infants with SMA

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Living Unlimited at MDA Summer Camp

MDA Summer Camp is often described as the “best week of the year” for campers. But those are just words — to truly appreciate the magic, the community, the joy of MDA Summer Camp, you have to go there in person.

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Where to Stay When Away

Tracking down accessible accommodations doesn’t have to be complicated — if you know where to look and how to book

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From Modeling to Marching Band to Motherhood, Alabama Woman with MD Lives Unlimited

Born with a rare type of congenital myopathy, Tira is now mom to three healthy children: 5-year-old Tacari, 10-year-old Jaiden and 14-year-old Nylah.

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Some said Jimmy would never have a shot at love. He said, “Watch me!”

Jimmy Valdes had a lot of things going for him: a good job, family and friends who loved and cared for him, and an optimistic outlook on life.

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America’s Fire Fighters Fill the Boot to Support Kids and Adults with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and Related Diseases

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Some said he would be in a wheelchair by now. Devin Argall said “Watch me!”

A passionate ATV rider and supportive big brother, 14-year old Devin Argall is defying the odds at every turn. The Wisconsin State Goodwill Ambassador was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at the age of two, and doctors told him he would likely need a wheelchair by 10 years old.

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Meet Our Partners

These friends are helping MDA families live longer, grow stronger and defy limits.

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