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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 Graduation Onward: MDA National Ambassador Justin Moy Looks Ahead

    MDA National Ambassador Justin aspires to become a researcher and is preparing now to head to college and major in bioinformatics and computational biology. Check out the story he wrote to share a few thoughts on his next exciting chapter.

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  • Fishing For Muscular Dystrophy is Building Buzz – and Aiming for More

    Fishing for Muscular Dystrophy (FFMD) is a fishing team that competes in tournaments throughout the country on a boat proudly adorned with the FFMD and MDA logos. The team has competed in more than 50 tournaments in the last two years, winning as much as $41,000 in a single tournament with a share of the proceeds benefiting MDA.

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  • 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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Recent News

  • 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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  • Sailormen Inc. Popeyes Raises More Than $1,000,000 for MDA

    The annual “Appetite for a Cure” program and golf tournament will help fund vital research and care for kids and adults affected by neuromuscular disease.

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  • 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 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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