MDA For Strength Independence & Life

MDA Shamrocks are Back!

Now through March 31, shop at participating local retailers and help raise money for the cause.

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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 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.

Ways To Get Involved

News & Stories

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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Nationwide Thousands of Businesses Unite to Help Save Lives Through MDA Shamrocks

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No Mountain Too High: Woman with CMT Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

CMT doesn’t hold Nicki back; it pushes her to reach higher. Literally. Read on to follow Nicki on the trek of a lifetime — to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.

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Go Green with 2017 MDA Shamrocks

For 35 years, retail partners nationwide have sold iconic paper shamrocks to help kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.

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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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Joe Akmakjian Continues as MDA’s National Ambassador in 2017

When I was asked to continue in my role as National Ambassador for MDA in 2017, I had to think about it for about a nanosecond before I gave my answer. Yes, of course! Sot it’s official: I’ve re-upped for another tour,” said Joe.

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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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Eteplirsen Granted Accelerated Approval

The FDA has granted accelerated approval to eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy! Decades of MDA research and investment have paid off with the first disease-modifying drug available to treat DMD. We are filled with hope.

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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.