Strength in Numbers: ALS Allies

“If I had all my physical strength and everyday freedoms from before being diagnosed with ALS, I would want to give one more bear hug and kiss to each of my girls. Being able to physically pick them up and squeeze them in my arms is what I miss most in life. MDA and its wonderful, compassionate and helpful staff are an essential and integral part of my life, as well as others like mine." — Keith Gawrick, father of three daughters who is living with ALS


ALS takes away the freedom to walk, to talk, to run and dance. To laugh, to hug. To eat. To breathe. MDA fights to give those freedoms back — to give people a lifetime to live unlimited. Every year, MDA contributes millions of dollars to fighting ALS and finding breakthroughs to accelerate treatments and cures. Here are some facts and figures that show the strength of MDA’s support.

Approximately 12,000 individuals with ALS have access to MDA ALS Care Centers

$2.7 million: Total funding commitment for new ALS grants awarded by MDA in 2015

43: Number of MDA ALS Care Centers 

$153 million+: Total amount MDA has invested in ALS research since its inception

37: Number of MDA’s active ALS grants

$44.8 million: Total funding commitment for ALS grants active in the last five years

12: Number of new ALS grants awarded in 2015

Since 1950, MDA has invested more than $354 million in ALS research and support services.

Continue the fight

For more information about ALS and how you can help support the MDA ALS community, visit the ALS disease information center.

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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 1-833-ASK-MDA1 (1-833-275-6321). If you live outside the U.S., we may be able to connect you to muscular dystrophy groups in your area, but MDA programs are only available in the U.S.

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