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

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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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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
  • MDA is supporting
    more than 175
    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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Latest Stories

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    For MDA Executive Director Patrick Cusick, a Diagnosis Led to a New Direction

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  • Mike running the Boston Marathon

    Unique Stories, Shared Purpose: MDA Team Momentum at the Boston Marathon

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    MDA, PPMD, TREAT-NMD and World Duchenne Organization Release New Duchenne Guide for Families

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    MDA announces 34 new research grants totaling $9.9 million

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Recent News

  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association Hosts 18th Annual Wings Over Wall Street Benefit Event for ALS

    Prominent members of the financial community raise funds to Unlock the Cure

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  • MDA Names Adam Cotumaccio as Executive Vice President, Chief Impact and Philanthropy Officer

    Cotumaccio reports to Lynn O'Connor Vos, president and chief executive officer of the MDA, and sits on the executive leadership team.

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  • MDA, in collaboration with 3 other non-profit organizations, releases the Duchenne Guide for Families

    In line with the three articles about care considerations for DMD recently published in Lancet Neurology1-3, a new Duchenne Guide for Families has been developed and will be launched online on World Duchenne Awareness Day, September 7, 2018.

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  • Numotion Partners with The Sing Me a Story Foundation to Bring Muscular Dystrophy Association Hero's Stories to Life

    Numotion has partnered with The Sing Me a Story Foundation to share unique stories of kids served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

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

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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 1-833-ASK-MDA1 (1-833-275-6321). 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.