For Strength, Independence and Life
At the Muscular Dystrophy Association, we believe in living life, unlimited.Make a Donation
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.
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.
MDA is supporting180 researchprojects worldwide
Kids and adults makenearly 50,000visits to MDA Care Centers each year
More than 3,800kids receive their “best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp, free of charge
You’ve helped makethis progress and more possibleSee the Impact
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.Ways to Get Involved
Latest Happenings & Stories
Progress is Our Promise: 2017 in Review
In 2017, MDA helped thousands of families live better and longer lives. All of this and more was possible thanks to you. Thank you for helping make 2017 a remarkable year for families with muscular dystrophy and related diseases.Read More
Join Us for the 2018 MDA Clinical Conference
To accelerate progress in our mission to save and improve lives, MDA is proud to bring together more than 500 medical and scientific neuromuscular experts at our 2018 Clinical Conference, to be held March 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Register now to save your seat.Read More
“Such a Small World”: Top Team Momentum Fundraising Team Fueled by Lifelong Friends
“Think about the life-changing experience you’re giving to that person, just by coming and running,” says Stephanie Betts, a Team Momentum runner and proud mother of son Henry who lives with congenital muscular dystrophy. “When you run for someone, for something, it’s a whole different experience. It makes it so much better when you finish.”Read More
Powering Progress with MDA Research Dollars
We're happy to announce more than $3 million in funding for 13 new research grants. They join the 29 research and development grants already announced this year in the quest to end muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Read on to learn about the summer 2017 grant recipients and research projects the MDA community is now supporting.Read More
More than 130 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Restaurants Unite in “Appetite for a Cure” Campaign to Help Save Lives
Sailormen, Inc., one of the largest domestic franchisees of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, begins the 14th annual “Appetite for a Cure” campaign today that will raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help kids and adults fighting muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.Read More
MDA Announces First U.S. Neuromuscular Disease Registry Report
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) today announced the release of the Highlights of the MDA U.S. Neuromuscular Disease Registry (2013-2016) report, which describes data collected during the pilot phase of the MDA U.S. Neuromuscular Disease Registry.Read More
GPM Investments, LLC to Help Kids with Muscular Dystrophy via Holiday Pinups at more than 980 Convenience Store Locations
More than 980 GPM Investments, LLC convenience store locations throughout the East Coast and Midwest are raising funds for MDA through a holiday pinup campaign to help kids and adults fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases.Read More
Solid Biosciences Launches DMD Gene Therapy Trial
Solid Biosciences today announced the launch of its first clinical trial for SGT-001, the company’s experimental gene transfer therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The phase 1/2 study, called IGNITE DMD, is designed to assess safety and efficacy of a single dose of SGT-001 in children and adolescents with DMD.Read More
Meet Our Partners
These friends are helping MDA families live longer, grow stronger, and defy limits.
Sign up to receive email updates on volunteer opportunities and the impact you’re making for families.
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.