MDA For Strength Independence & Life

This Summer, Let’s

live unlimited

Every day, kids and adults with muscular dystrophy lose the ability to walk, run, talk, dress themselves and even breathe. Yet every day, these individuals are defying their limits.

Because life is for living unlimited.

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.

Find MDA in Your Community

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 funding
more than 150 current research projects in 11 countries

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


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.


News & Stories

26.2 Miles For a Cure: Runner With Muscular Dystrophy Joins Team Momentum Ahead of Chicago Marathon

Michelle Murphy is an avid runner. She routinely pounds the pavement through the neighborhoods of Albany, NY.

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Sarepta Therapeutics Announces FDA Will Not Complete the Review of the Eteplirsen New Drug Application By The PDUFA Date

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Announcing MDA Amplify

MDA Amplify is a new mobile app that revolutionizes the way you — an MDA supporter, partner or family — can share MDA news on your own social media channels.

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An Intimate Look at a Life with ALS: Photos of a Marriage, a Family and — of Course — Love

Ray Spooner, a certified nurse midwife, who has ushered thousands of babies into the world, was diagnosed with ALS just a few months after dousing himself in the Ice Bucket Challenge of Summer 2014.

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MDA Summer Camp is Where I Learned What it Means to Live Unlimited

Although I would later come to associate MDA Summer Camp with the words joy, freedom and independence, that’s not how I felt in the beginning. In fact, I was terrified to go.

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Five Questions with ALS Researcher Kim Staats

Kim Staats, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, was awarded an MDA development grant totaling $180,000 over a period of three years to study potential causes for sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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Marathon Pharmaceuticals Announces Submission of Deflazacort New Drug Application to the FDA

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Participating in Clinical Research Means Giving of Yourself — Literally — to Science

The Informed Consent Authorization Form is 12 pages long. My husband, Allen Carney, reads it carefully, initials in several places and signs at the end. And that’s the easiest part of participating in a research project.

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Meet Our Partners

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

We’re Here For You

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