MDA For Strength Independence & Life

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

  • Cure

    Finding research breakthroughs across diseases to accelerate treatments and cures
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  • Care

    Caring for kids and adults from day one
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  • Champion

    Empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America
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MDA is supporting
150 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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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.

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News & Stories

A New Way to Find Clinical Trials

Last year, we promised MDA families easier ways to connect to clinical trials. Now, we are making good on that promise. Our new Clinical Trials Finder Tool guides you through a series of questions to pinpoint trials for you or a loved one. In just a few minutes, you can gain access to vital research opportunities nationwide.

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5 Reasons You Should Join Team Momentum in 2017

MDA Team Momentum is recruiting participants! If you’re on the fence about running, check out what motivates these five Team Momentum athletes.

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Sharing is Caring: Why the Krieger Family Walks

Bryant and Sarah Krieger’s son Fritz was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in February of this year. Less than a month later, their family, along with dozens of other supporters, were walking to bring strength to life at the Muscle Walk of Phoenix as part of Team Fritz & Friends.

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Devoted MDA Summer Camp Counselor Throws Annual Birthday Bash for MDA

What’s better than an over the top birthday celebration? An over the top birthday extravaganza that raises funds for MDA Summer Camp.

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Announcing $7 Million in New Research Funding

Following the unprecedented approval of three drugs in six months to treat neuromuscular diseases, we're pushing for more progress with new research funding this winter.

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Life is About the Journey: 15-Year-Old with CMD Lives Unlimited

When opportunity knocks, 15-year-old Justin answers. Born with CMD, Justin has traveled to China, been on a 500-mile bike ride across Iowa, and even modeled in a fashion show. How? Justin always says, ‘Yes.’ That’s how he lives unlimited.

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FDA Approves First-Ever Treatment of SMA

On Dec. 23, 2016, the SMA community achieved a goal that would not have been possible without the support and dedication of the families, physicians and researchers who have passionately pursued a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy. We are proud to announce that SPINRAZA (nusinersen) has been approved by the FDA.

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Introducing MDA’s New Young Adult Programs

College. Jobs. Life on your own. This is a big time in your life, and we’re here for you – and with you – with brand-new resources and opportunities.

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Meet Our Partners

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

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.