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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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    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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Recent News

  • MDA funds creation of Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy clinical research network to speed therapy development

    $700,000 investment will support seven medical centers that specialize in LGMD research and clinical care

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  • MDA and Answer ALS Form New Partnership to Support the Largest and Most Comprehensive ALS Dataset to Date

    MDA will fund the development of computational tools that can integrate and analyze the complex disease networks

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  • MDA Funds Development of a Critical Biomarker for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

    $1 million investment aims to accelerate drug development and speed clinical trials to test candidate therapies for CMT

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  • MDA Funds Expansion of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Research Network

    $1.2 million investment will support seven medical centers that specialize in FSHD research and clinical care

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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.