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Since 1950, we've spearheaded efforts to transform the lives of people with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. We fund groundbreaking research for promising treatments and provide families with the highest quality care from the best doctors in the country.

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    We are accelerating the delivery of treatments and cures.

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    We provide services that help people affected by neuromuscular disease.

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The freedom to walk, to talk, to run and play. To laugh, to hug, to eat — even 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.

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How You Can Help

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.

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Recent News

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Announces 2020-2021 National Ambassador Ethan LyBrand from Alabama

    Ethan's goals are to find a cure for all types of muscular dystrophy, help people get the healthcare they need when they need it and make airplanes more accessible for wheelchairs

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  • MDA Awards Venture Philanthropy Funding of More Than $1M to AavantiBio to Develop Gene-Targeting Therapy for Friedreich's Ataxia

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  • The Muscular Dystrophy Association Names Steven J. Farella as Chairman and Dr. Donald S. Wood as Vice Chairman of the Board

    MDA is focused on driving innovations in research and care for people living with neuromuscular diseases

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  • MDA Celebrates FDA Approval of Vyondys 53 for Treatment of DMD Amenable to Exon 53 Skipping

    Second approved exon-skipping therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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