MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for individuals from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.Read More
Families are at the heart of MDA's mission. A caring and concerned group of families started MDA in 1950, and we continue to relentlessly pursue our promise to free families from the life-threatening effects of muscular dystrophy and muscle-debilitating diseases today. Read more about MDA's journey and the progress we've helped make possible.
MDA's CEO Steve Derks previews the year ahead for the organization and share his aspirations for a future where kids and families are free from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.
Joe Akmakjian was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 15 months old. Now age 24, he has doubled his life expectancy and continues defying limits every day.
Live Unlimited is MDA’s campaign, inspired by families, to rally the nation to help kids and adults living with muscle-debilitating diseases defy their limits and thrive. Learn how you can help more families live unlimited now.
Researchers Robert W. Burgess and Scott Q. Harper are conducting MDA-funded research that may lead to a new therapy for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Although Zane is affected by DMD, he and his family are determined not to let this disease slow him down.
MDA is funding a new generation of researchers, bringing innovations to usher in breakthroughs that will lead to treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases.
MDA uses every dollar we raise wisely to ensure it has the greatest impact in the fight to end muscular dystrophy. We strive to provide you with transparency and clarity around how contributions make a difference and how MDA is supporting your community. Learn more below.
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.