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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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  • 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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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.

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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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Recent News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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