MDA For Strength Independence & Life

Learn About Neuromuscular Diseases

Muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases take away physical strength, independence and life. Find out who gets these diseases, what causes them, what the symptoms and life expectancy are for people affected by them, and how MDA research is leading the way to treatments and cures. 

Big Picture Perspective

At MDA, we take a big picture perspective across the full spectrum of neuromuscular diseases to uncover scientific and medical breakthroughs that accelerate treatments and cures. The power in our research approach is that we can often apply learnings from one disease to progress in others to bring urgently-needed answers to our families. 

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Meet Warner Smith

For 42-year-old Warner Smith, treatments and cures for ALS can't come fast enough. Like any doting father, Warner wants to be around for all his young daughter Carlee’s milestone moments. He wants to teach her to drive, see her go to prom and walk her down the aisle at her wedding. Every moment is precious to Warner and his family — all he wants is “a fighting chance.”

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